On Jul. 11, 2012, F-35B BK-2 took the air from NAS Fort Worth JRB for the aircraft’s inaugural flight. Piloted by Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti, the second F-35 produced for the United Kingdom (serial number ZM136), flew a 1.4-hour maiden flight.
It will join other F-35s at the training center at Eglin AFB, Florida, later this year.
BK1, the UK’s first of three development aircraft (serial ZM135), made its inaugural test flight on Apr. 13.
Image credit: Lockheed Martin
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- First F-35A sporting 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron lettering and “OT” tail code, spotted at NAS Forth Worth JRB (theaviationist.com)
- Photo: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft doing aileron roll with asymmetric weapons load (theaviationist.com)