Thursday, April 5, 2012

First Dutch F-35 rolls out

Dutch F-35. Lockheed Martin photo
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first F-35 for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility earlier this month in Texas. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment this summer to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., home of the F-35 training center. The Netherlands will use the conventional takeoff and landing jet, known as AN-1, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-1 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in the coming weeks. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/04/12)