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  • F-35 AGCAS recommended for fielding

    The 412th Test Wing recently published the technical report on the F-35 Automatic Ground and Collision Avoidance System and have recommended it for fielding; seven years ahead of schedule.
  • Aerial refueling probe light evaluations flown with KC-135: Effort to clear Navy, USMC F-35 night refueling envelope

    The F-35 program recently completed testing on an improved lighting assembly with the KC-135 that will enable the Navy and Marine Corps F-35 variants to refuel behind the tanker at night. Flight testing of the redesigned light, which attaches to a refueling probe, was led by Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, and supported by Edwards Air
  • 461st FLTS lands two more F-35s for test

    The 461st Flight Test Squadron and F-35 Integrated Test Force received two additional F-35As to support continued developmental testing March 7.The fifth-generation fighters are on loan from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.“Air Combat Command, always a supporter of developmental flight test, recognized a
  • KC-46 Pegasus connects with fifth-generation fighter

    Pictured above: A KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker from the 418th Flight Test Squadron connects with an F-35 Lightning II from the 461st Flight Test Squadron Jan. 22 during a test sortie over California. It is the first time the new aerial tanker connected with a fifth-generation fighter. The 418th FLTS is overseeing Phase III testing of the
  • Test team verifies procedures to recover downed F-35

    Even the most advanced aircraft in the world may not always have a successful landing. Or, it can just simply get stuck somewhere. That’s why a team of testers from Edwards AFB linked up with representatives from Lockheed Martin to go over crash recovery procedures for the F-35 Lightning II recently. The two-day event was to verify measures on the
  • 461st FLTS pilot makes history

    History was made once again at Edwards Air Force Base, California, when Maj. Rachael Winiecki became the first female F-35 developmental test pilot as she successfully completed her first flight test mission, Dec. 14. Winiecki, from the 461st Flight Test Squadron, took off that morning in her F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, she was then greeted by
  • Joining forces: Test team completes fourth Orange Flag of 2018

    In the skies above California, an F-35 and F-16 from Edwards Air Force Base are joined by an F-15E and F-22 from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron out of Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, along with a Navy F-18 from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 out of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.The Orange Flag Evaluation Team executed
  • 31st TES begins F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

    The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron kicked off the Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with a large force employment sortie from Edwards AFB, California, Dec. 5.
  • U.K.’s Secretary of State for Defence visits countrymen at Edwards

    The United Kingdom’s top military official received an up-close look at his country’s new fifth-generation fighter Dec. 2.Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) visited the U.K. component of the F-35 Joint Operational Test Team at Edwards AFB for a program brief on U.K. F-35
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