Lockheed Martin hopes to make headway with the “maturity” flights of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Edwards AFB, Calif., now that AF-6, the second of two test aircraft at Edwards, is expected to conduct its first maturity flight as soon as today. Maturity flight testing for AF-6 and AF-7 is one of a series of steps for the Joint Strike Fighter program prior to entering pilot training as planned this fall. The goal is to fly the Block 1A software, which includes mission avionics, basic ...

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