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Palmdale Airport, California, October 24 and November 22, 2000

Lockheed-Martin X-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Palmdale The Lockheed-Martin X-35 Joint Strike Fighter took off on its first flight from Air Force Plant 42 at Palmdale, California on the morning of October 24, 2000. It returned to Palmdale on November 22, a little after three in the afternoon. It made a series of touch-and-go landings. It will be equipped with a lift fan and vectored thrust nozzle for short take-off/vertical landing tests next year.

Palmdale Airport, California, July 3, 2001

Lockheed-Martin X-35B departs Palmdale on July 3, 2001 The Lockheed-Martin X-35B vertical take-off prototype of the Joint Strike Fighter candidate flew from Palmdale to Edwards AFB on July 3, 2001.

Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II at Edwards Air Force Base
October 23, 2008

Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II at Edwards Air Force Base, October 23, 2008 The first Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II, AA-1 completed air-start and noise tests at Edwards Air Force Base on Thursday October 23, 2008. It returned to Fort Worth on October 24.

F-35B Lightning II at Luke AFB
December 10, 2013

Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II at Luke AFB, December 10, 2013 Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning 2 BuNo 168720 Modex 02 of VMFA-121, based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, paid a visit to Luke Air Force Base today.

First Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II delivered to Luke AFB
March 10, 2014

First Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II delivered to Luke AFB, March 10, 2014 Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning 2 11-5030 was delivered to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base on March 10, 2014. It made two circuits of the pattern and then landed.


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