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Lockheed Martin F-35A Performs First Night Flight
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 20 Jan , 2012

The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Program was completed Wednesday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed after sunset at 6:22 p.m.
The mission consisted of a series of straight in approaches in twilight and darkness.  The pilot also performed an evaluation of the F-35’s cockpit lighting which Ward called, “the best he’s ever seen.”  The testing will clear the way for night refueling and formation testing later this year.

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