F-35B Clears Wet Runway And Crosswind Tests

  • Our Bureau
  • 01:13 PM, July 31, 2014
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F-35B has completed wet runway and crosswind testing, which comprised 37 missions over a 41 day period using aircraft BF-4 on Wednesday.

“This testing is critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps,” says J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification.

“Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for conventional take off & landings, short take offs, and short landings, with ideal handling quality ratings and improvement over legacy fourth generational fighter aircraft.”

The work with the short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft was conducted at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

Lockheed adds that other aircraft in the test program have achieved milestones. CF-1, a naval F-35C variant, and AF-4, a conventional take-off and landing F-35A variant, each achieved 500 flight hours. In addition, CF-5, another F-35C, achieved 100 flight hours.

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