F-35C Operational Testing Aboard USS Abraham LincolnLee Hudson
Aviation Week was invited to observe the U.S. Navy’s first operational testing on an aircraft carrier. The test period began Aug. 22 and includes six Lockheed Martin F-35Cs and 30-40 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. Test results will help the service determine if the aircraft is ready for combat in 2019.
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