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F-35B takes its 100th flight | by United States Marine Corps Official Page
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F-35B takes its 100th flight

On March 7, 2011, the first F-35B Joint Strike

Fighter test aircraft (BF-1) completed its 100th flight with BAE test

pilot Peter Wilson at the controls. BF-1 flew in short take-off,

vertical landing (STOVL) mode to continue expansion of the STOVL flight

envelope to demonstrate design durability and in preparation for

shipboard testing scheduled for later this year. The F-35B is the first

JSF variant with two aircraft completing 100 flights and will be the

first stealth fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps and is undergoing test

and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin.

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Taken on March 7, 2011