05 Sep '12, 1am

F-35B Completes First Airborne Engine Start Tests

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (NNS) -- The F-35 integrated test force announced the completion of a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance on the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Sept. 4. BF-2 completed the first air starts, which test the ability of the F-35's propulsion system to restart during flight. Verifying the restart capability of the propulsion system is part of the initial flight test program for the F-35 and a prerequisite for high angle-of-attack testing, scheduled to start next year. "High alpha, or angle-of-attack tests, are important for us to fully evaluate the aircraft's handling characteristics and warfighting capability," said Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly. "Maximizing the performance of the airplane around the very slow edges of the flight envelope is probably some of...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69384

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