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First F-35C Formation Flight

For the first time, a two-ship element of F-35C carrier aviation variants of the Joint Strike Fighter launched together and flew in formation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. This Lockheed Martin video release depicts the flight that took place on April 18, 2012. The bigger wing and tail planform of the carrier variant is very noticeable, especially on takeoff and approach for landing.


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