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F-35C makes a successful landing aboard USS Nimitz
F-35C, USS Nimitz

A US F-35C makes its first arrested landing

Published: 10 Nov 2014

An F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, made an arrested landing aboard a flattop today, an important milestone both in the development of the stealth fighter and in naval aviation history. Video of first landing  and further landings. 

US Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson landed his F-35C on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego at 12:18 p.m. Pacific Time, 3 November 2014, according to a news release from Naval Air Forces. 

The landing, in which the redesigned tailhook worked flawlessly, marked the beginning of initial at-sea developmental testing for the F-35C, which is expected to last two weeks. Video of F-35C testing aboard USS Nimitz. Longer compilation video of landing and take-offs aboard USS Nimitz. 


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