Lockheed Martin F-35 Carrier Variant Completes First Formation Flight
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 20, 2012 – For the first time, two Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft launched together and conducted formation flying at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Wednesday. The test aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, were piloted by Navy Cdr. Eric Buus and Marine Corps Lt. Col. Matt Taylor, respectively. The mission tested flying qualities of the aircraft while taking off, landing and flying in formation for more than one hour.
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