Italian F-35 Makes First Flight

Credit: Lockheed Martin
LECCE AB, Italy — The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter produced outside the U.S. has made its first flight in Italy. Assembled at the Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facility at Cameri air base, Italy’s first F-35 – AL-1 – took off from the base shortly after 1 pm on Sept. 7. AL-1 was flown by...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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