The C @ Sea

  • Oct 20, 2015 4:13am GMT

After a successful initial ship trial at the end of last year, the joint team of U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems personnel who make up the F-35 Integrated Test Force went back to sea on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to continue testing the capabilities of the F-35C.

For DT-II, the ITF based out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, will continue to expand the flight envelope, launching and recovering aircraft loaded with internal weapons while evaluating their flying and handling qualities under various wind conditions and catapult settings.

The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force completed its second F-35C developmental test phase Oct. 10, 2015. During the tests, the team completed 66 catapults and 66 arrestments across 17 flights, logged 26.5 flight hours and achieved a total of 280 flight test points and 17 logistics test and evaluation test points. The testing was completed six days ahead of schedule.

PHOTOS Lockheed Martin (below the video)

VIDEO Lockheed Martin Videos: F-35C Completes Sea Trials Aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.