Jun 27 2012

F-35 Program test status June 2012

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 18:22 onder Global F35 News

Program Status
Cumulative flight test activity totals for 2012 as of May 31, are provided below:
- F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets have flown 211 times.
- F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft have completed 161 flights, 128 of which began with a short takeoff. Additionally, F-35B STOVL aircraft have conducted 52 vertical landings.
- F-35C carrier variant (CV) jets have flown 109 times.

Since December 2006, F-35s have flown 2.242 times and accrued more than 3.500 cumulative flight hours. This total includes 91 flights from the original test aircraft, AA-1; 1.945 SDD test flights; and 206 production-model flights.

Special events May 2012

During May 2012, the program achieved the highest number of F-35 flights in a single day, 11, three different times: May 10, May 17 and May 22.
During May, AF-7, an F-35A CTOL, flew 14 times accumulating 35.6 flight hours to set an individual jet record for the most flight hours in a single month.
On May 10, AF-6, an F-35A CTOL, flew the highest altitude to date for a Mission Systems test jet, 39,000 feet.
On May 15, AF-7, an F-35A CTOL, became the first production F-35 to fly supersonic.
On May 17, the Cooperative Aircraft Test Bed (CATB), highly modified 737-300 aircraft designed to integrate, develop, and test the F-35 Lightning II sensor suite and associated mission systems software, demonstrated the F-35’s Electronic Attack (EA) capabilities against Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) range emitters.
On May 22, CATB achieved integrated Multiple Advanced Datalinks (MADL) communications with the Open Air System Integration System (OASIS) laboratory.
On May 31, the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) fleet, including the original test aircraft AA-1, achieved 2.000 total flights.

Source: Lockheed Martin Factsheet 12-jun-2012

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