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FORT WORTH, Texas, December 12, 2006 --
The first F-35 Lightning II speeds along the runway at 127 miles per hour on Dec. 12 at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Engineers will review the taxi-test data before giving the final "go" for the aircraft's first flight.
In a series of tests that began on Dec. 7, F-35 Chief Pilot Jon Beesley guided the fighter along the runway at increasing speeds to evaluate the aircraft’s ground handling and systems. On Dec. 12, Beesley executed two final taxi runs, the first at 80 knots (~ 92 m.p.h.) and the last at 110 knots (~ 127 m.p.h.). Pushed along by the Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan – the most powerful fighter engine in history – the Lightning II performed its final taxi runs successfully and as predicted.
Over the next 24 hours the flight test team will review all taxi-test data, and although the date for first flight is not definite, the flight window will be from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST when all conditions – weather, etc. – are "go."
Media will be immediately apprised via Media Advisory upon conclusion of the flight about a press availability at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. There also will be a Live International Press Teleconference to be held at the same time, as well as information for a same-day satellite video feed of first flight.
- Flight photos will be available after the flight on site and online at the press release section of Lockheed Martin’s website and www.teamjsf.com.
- A phone-in news conference will begin about two hours after completion of first flight. Call-in information will be provided in a subsequent advisory.
- The satellite video feed will be released shortly following completion of first flight.
Satellite-coordinate information will be provided in a subsequent advisory.
- The flightline media opportunity at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth will also be available at the conclusion of the phone-in news conference.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
I think there was a minor glitch during the high speed taxi test
Originally posted by kilcoo316
Something ACTUALLY went wrong on a taxi test???