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First F-35 For The Netherlands Rolls Out Of F-35 Production Facility
by Staff Writers
Fort Worth, TX (SPX) Apr 05, 2012

Rolling off the line.

The first F-35 Lightning II for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility on April 1. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer.

The Netherlands will use the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jet, known as AN-1, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers.

AN-1 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in the coming weeks.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force continues to be at the forefront of flight testing and pilot training and remains at the leading edge of advanced 5th Generation fighter technology.

Lockheed Martin F-35A Completes First Night Refueling Mission
Fort Worth, TX (SPX) Mar 27 - The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35's boom receptacle.

Vitt's sortie lasted more than three hours. In addition to qualifying with the KC-135, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB will also conduct night refueling tests with the KC-10.

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