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F-35 high angle of attack tests reach 50-degree limit

A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning II aircraft reached a 50 degree limit on its high angle of attack (AOA) test flight conducted from Edwards Air Force Base.

F-35A test aircraft are limited to AOAs of 20 degrees until their controllability is proven at a higher AOA limit of 50 degrees.

Richard Clements for TheAviationist.com

Image credit: Lockheed Martin

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Video: Five next-generation A400M military airlifters flying in formation.

A unique formation, including all five of the programme’s flight test A400M next-generation airlifters, was flown by the Airbus Flight Test teams on Jun. 7, in Toulouse, France.

After the special formation flight, which did not include any particular maneuver or test, each aircraft returned to its individual activity: MSN1 performed handling quality evaluation; MSN2, wing pod hose stability tests; MSN3, engine tests; MSN4, pressurisation and oxygen tests; and MSN6, function and reliability tests.