It's not all doom and gloom for the F-35 Lightning II program

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program is long overdue and over budget. The program has encountered a number of issues and development hurdles during its long gestation period, partially due to the fact that one airframe is being tasked to handle three primary roles. The F-35A is the conventional airframe which will be used by the U.S. Air Force, the F-35B is the Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) used by the U.S. Marines, and the F-35C is the carrier variant destined for the U.S. Navy.
But with all the negativity surrounding the program, it’s nice to get a bit of good news every once in a while and we definitely have some good news to report this week. The U.S. Navy is pleased to announce that the F-35C made its first arrested landing yesterday.

The F-35C test aircraft (designation CF-03) landed at 12:18pm PST aboard the USS Nimitz. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson was behind the controls of the F-35C and had nothing but praise for the aircraft and this milestone for the development of the Lighting II.
"It is the culmination of many years of hard work by a talented team of thousands,” said Wilson. “I’m very excited to see America's newest aircraft on the flight deck of her oldest aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz."
The arrested landing was part of Developmental Testing I (DT-I) for the F-35C is the first of three at-sea benchmarks that are scheduled. Other tests which lay ahead for the F-35C included repeated arrested landings and catapult takeoffs, along with performing maintenance operations on the aircraft in a typical carrier environment.
The F-35C is scheduled to enter the U.S. Navy fleet in 2018.

Source: U.S. Navy

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