Feb 28 2012

Local area flights allowed for F-35A

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 18:49 onder Global F35 News

The Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center on Tuesday issued a military flight release (MFR) for the service’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, which would allow test pilots at Eglin AFB, Fla., to begin local area flights.

“The Air Force, Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and other stakeholders have painstakingly followed established risk acceptance and mitigation processes to ensure the F-35A is ready,” Air Force Materiel Command Chief Gen. Donald Hoffman said in a press release. “This is an important step for the F-35A and we are confident the team has diligently balanced the scope of initial operations with system maturity.”

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The MFR allows qualified F-35 test pilots to begin flying the stealthy fifth-generation fighter around the Florida base. Eglin currently has two test pilots who are qualified to fly the jet: Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith and Marine Maj. Joseph Bachmann.

Read more ….. SOURCE Airforce Times

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