Nov 14, 2014

F-35C exceeds 100 catapults, arrestments during first week at sea

The carrier variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft has completed more than 100 catapult launches and arrested landings during its first two weeks of sea trials.
The two C-model test aircraft on board Nimitz , CF-03 and CF-05, have already satisfied 95% of the threshold requirements for the first of three rounds of sea-based Development Testing I (DT-I), according to US Navy (USN) officials. As of 13 November the aircraft had completed 102 catapult launches and 104 arrested landings with a redesigned tailhook, according to data provided by the F-35 programme office. .
Further, the F-35C has conducted its first night-flight.

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