A pair of Lockheed Martin F-35Cs have completed their first series of arrested landings and catapult takeoffs from the carrier USS Nimitz this month, marking the start of the developmental test program for the U.S. Navy’s first stealthy piloted aircraft. The seaborne takeoffs and landings mark a historic achievement for the $400 billion project after a summer marred with disappointments—a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine fire prompted an emergency egress from an F-35A in June that ...

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