Mrt 13 2012

F-35A completes second local sortie at Eglin Air Force Base

Gepubliceerd door om 19:05 onder Global F35 News

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., March 13, 2012 - U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann successfully piloted the second F-35 local orientation flight in the skies above the Emerald Coast today. AF-13, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, launched at 2:30 p.m. CDT and completed a 93-minute flight landing at 4:03 p.m. CDT. At its operational peak, the F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin AFB will train approximately 100 F-35 pilots and 2,200 maintainers annually. The wing’s two F-35 pilots, in conjunction with its integrated team of military members, civilian and contractors, will begin to slowly build up their number of sorties with an intial goal of flying twice a week for the first couple of weeks and then steadily increasing the weekly sortie count.

SOURCE: Lockheed Martin press release

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