Two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant (CV) test aircraft have flown together for the first time.
April 23: On April 18 two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant (CV) test aircraft flew together for the first time.
The pair launched together and conducted formation flying at over Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The test aircraft, CF-01 and CF-02, were piloted by Navy Cdr Eric Buus and Marine Corps Lt Col Matt Taylor, respectively. The mission tested flying qualities of the aircraft while taking off, landing and flying in formation for more than one hour.