Friday, May 9, 2014
F-35 Achieves New Milestones
[Aviation Today May 9, 2014] Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II fighter jet fleet surpassed 16,000 flight hours and set a new monthly flying record in April, the aerospace and defense manufacturer said.
"We're nearly complete with Block 2B software flight science testing on the F-35As, and we'll move forward with Block 3 software testing this summer. The SDD program is scheduled to complete Block 2B testing for the F-35B this year in support of the U.S. Marine Corps' Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2015 with its F-35B fleet," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification.