Cool photographs of a historic achievement.
On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight.
It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the training at Luke AFB in November last year, and supported by a formation made by 2x KC-767s, 2x C-130Js and 2x Typhoons, all belonging to the Italian Air Force.
11 flying hours, one stopover (in Lajes, Portugal) and 7 aerial refuelings made the crossing possible.
In this post you can find some cool photographs of the trip just released by the Italian Ministry of Defense. Noteworthy, the image below (the only one on the ground) shows the pilot performing the external checks on the F-35: you can clearly see the low-visibility 13th Gruppo (Squadron) emblem applied to the left air intake.
Image credit: Italy MoD
Typhoon can host meteor, f22 cannot and f35 ….. Cannot either they talked about it but the talk never progresses beyond chit chat level AFAIK
F35 meteor is already approved and tested 4-5 years ago.: it has initila rocket engine to achieve supersonic speed ,where the ramjet take over,and shorted wings.
It is already tested in this version.
Ok, so in stealth mode the F35 as what kind of effective combat time-of-flight without the tanks?
Holy Jesus, you wanted to open a debate on this photo report when you already had the answer to your silly question before your own eyes? Really, are you kidding or what??
And then I am the troll..
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