Joint Strike Fighter Completes Carrier Born Flight Tests Flawlessly

Nearly two weeks of testing of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35B fighter jet on an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane can operate and be serviced at sea.
U.S. and UK officials said this week the successful test flights mark another step toward the jet's readiness for initial combat use.
Marine Corps spokesman Major Paul Greenberg said six F-35 B-model jets, which can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter, completed 98 separate flights, logging 73.1 flight hours, on the USS Wasp from May 18 to May 26.
The jets are due to wrap up a final day of flight tests and maintenance this week.



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