Thursday, February 18, 2010
A third F-35B Joint Strike Fighter has arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., to begin testing. The short takeoff/vertical landing joins two other F-35B aircraft at the naval base. The jet, known as BF-3, took off from Fort Worth, Texas Wednesday and arrived at NAS Patuxent River three hours and 10 minutes later. The plane will be used to evaluate vehicle systems and will also focus on weapons testing. It will carry and release most of the weapons the F-35B will use in combat. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/17/10) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be the Joint Strike Fighter training center.