The F-35 flight test program represents the most comprehensive, rigorous and the safest developmental flight test program in aviation history,

Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin

More than a thousand development flight test engineers, maintainers, pilots and support personnel took the three variants of the F-35 to their full flight capability to test aircraft performance and flying qualities.

The test team conducted six at-sea detachments and performed more than 1,500 vertical landing tests on the F-35B variant. 

The developmental flight test team completed 183 Weapon Separation Tests; 46 Weapons Delivery Accuracy tests; 33 Mission Effectiveness tests, which included numerous multi-ship missions of up to eight F-35s against advanced threats. 

 “The F-35 flight test program represents the most comprehensive, rigorous and the safest developmental flight test program in aviation history,” said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of the F-35 programme.

“The results have given the men and women who fly the F-35 great confidence in its transformational capability.”