FORT WORTH, Texas, 4 Jan. 2011. Lockheed Martin announced that the AF-4 aircraft made its first flight as the tenth F-35 Lightning II to enter flight testing. The flight was the final test mission of 2010 for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, which logged 410 flights for the year versus a plan of 394. The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II program team reached its 2010 goal of 394 test flights jointly established by the JSF Program Office and Lockheed Martin.
The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, state-of-the-art avionics, network-enabled operations, and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.