See The U.S. Navy’s F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jets Conduct Their Final Tests On The USS George Washington
It has been a long time coming. A very expensive and tortuous long time coming. But it seems like the wait is almost over. Expected to be Fleet operational in 2018, the F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three variants of the F-35 are projected to replace legacy fighters for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and 10 other countries around the world.
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In this video, the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, and the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, put the U.S. Navy F-35 variant, the F-35C, through its paces aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73). The former, VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase of the F-35C. In the meantime, the VFA-101 Grim Reapers are conducting its first carrier qualifications with the aircraft. All in all, the F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018.
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