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WASHINGTON: The first F-35A built in Italy for the Italian Air Force took off yesterday for what the Lockheed Martin test pilot said was highly successful first flight.
“It was identical to every other airplane we produce at Fort Worth,” pilot Bill Gigliotti told reporters today in what he clearly intended as a compliment to the Italians, whose facility at Cameri Air Base built and tested the plane.
The test flight ticked another first for the program: first F-35 flight outside the United States.
originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
a reply to: Zaphod58
I can kind of see Aliensun's point of view because it does look very fragile. However, I always thought the point of this aircraft was to be undetectable and deadly. Therefore, fragility is meaningless.
As an amateur, am I about right?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Wide-Eyes
The wing test is one of my favorites. When Boeing did the strength test on the 787, the wingtip flexed up a total of 25 feet to reach the 150%.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: grey580
As with the Osprey craft, this overly-complicated and very expensive machine will show its true worth (read as "expense") as the wreckage piles up, and I assume that will be before either craft ever get into battle. The shuttle should have been lesson enough.