F-35C Lightning II History: The First Arrestment of an F-35C with External Weapons


Lt. Cmdr. Daniel “Tonto” Kitts, an F-35 Lightning II test pilot assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, landed in the history books Feb. 10, 2016, when he performed the first arrestment of an F-35C with external weapons. Flight 282 of aircraft CF-03 from the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) was based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Dane Wiedmann)

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