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March 13, 2012

Eglin F-35 makes second flight a successful one

Lockheed Martin reports that the F-35 training base at Eglin AFB had a more successful second flight Tuesday.

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann, according to a press release, successfully piloted the second F-35 local orientation flight, a 93 minute hop. Aircraft AF-13, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, launched at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

The first orientation flight last week was cut short immediately by a fuel leak warning.

At its operational peak, the F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin is scheduled to train approximately 100 F-35 pilots and 2,200 maintainers annually. The wing's two F-35 pilots, in conjunction with its integrated team of military members, civilians and contractors, will begin to slowly build up the number of sorties in preparation for beginning actual flight training once all requirements have been met.

- Bob Cox        



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