The Navy's F-35 rollout


F-35 rollout

Here’s a photo from Forth Worth this afternoon, where Lockheed Martin rolled out its first F-35C, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter.  That’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead at the podium.

Here’s a little background info. The F-35C will undergo some test flights up at Pax River in Maryland later this year, and the first carrier landing is scheduled for Spring of 2011.


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  1. I know naval aviation started out with single engine aircraft, but what are the thoughts of moving back to single engine aircraft after having so many dual engine models? I know for the longest time the Navy was pushing for a dual engine variant of the JSF to allow for that extra safety measure to get a damaged aircraft back to the ship.

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