F-35A Successfully Completes High Angle of Attach Testing
May 16, 2013
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 16, 2013 – The latest in a series of Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35A high angle of attack (AOA) testing was recently completed. The testing accomplished high AOA beyond both the positive and negative maximum command limits, including intentionally putting the aircraft out of control in several configurations. This included initially flying in the stealth clean wing configuration. It was followed by testing with external air-to-air pylons and missiles and then with open weapon bay doors. The F-35A began edge-of-the-envelope high AOA testing in the Fall 2012. For all testing, recovery from out of control flight has been 100 percent successful without the use of the spin recovery chute, which is carried to maximize safety.
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F-35A Lightning II Departs for First Training Mission
April 4, 2013
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, participated in its first operational training mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range April 4.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Orchard, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, crouches underneath the exhaust of an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35A is assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and maintained by the 57th AMXS Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Brad Matherne, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilot, conducts pre-flight checks inside an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35A will be integrated into advanced training programs such as the USAF Weapons School, Red Flag and Green Flag exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron taxis down the runway before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422nd TES will design the tactics for the F-35A. The squadron will also determine how to integrate the F-35A with other aircraft in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
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