As problematic as the F-35 Lightning II has been so far, this airplane can look mighty amazing. Look at this F-35B going all afterburny in a flight test at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. That transonic flow looks great. [Lockheed Martin]
After publishing a photo last month, Lockheed Martin has published this video of the F-35 Lightning refueling at night. It's very cool, as you would expect. And I love the smell of kerosene in the morning.
You are watching aviation history. This is the first U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II ever, the first step towards a new fleet full of stealth strike fighters. It's fully operative and combat ready. The image gallery is bee-ooh-tee-ful.
The F-35 Lightning II, allegedly the most advanced fighter in the world, has been tried for the first time by a military service pilot. Lt. Col. James "Flipper" Kromberg of the U.S. Air Force, who can be seen in the video wearing one of those scary demon helmets, took off from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant,…