F-35A Completes Nuclear Flight Test Milestone

An F-35A Lighting II carrying a B61-12 Joint Test Assembly sits on the flight line at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on Sept. 21.
Credit: U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A is one step closer to becoming dual capable after two Lightning IIs dropped B61-12 test gravity bombs to finish the nuclear design certification process in September. Aircraft must complete nuclear design certification and then nuclear operational certification to be able...

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