Video: F-35 Lightning II First Flight B-Roll

Variouis views of the first test flight last Friday.

I don’t think I knew the F-35’s canopy was hinged in the front.

Comments

  1. ‘I don’t think I knew the F-35’s canopy was hinged in the front.’ Makes sense. Probably eases the strain on the canopy when the fast mover is cruising along at mach-2. Besides in case of ejection the canopy is (hopefully) blown clear a mili-second before the Baker-Martin blasts off.

  2. As I understand the test plans, the gear was to be retracted after practicing landings at altitude. Problems with an air data sensor forced them to leave out parts of the test plan cutting the planed one hour test flight to about 35 min. The F-8 Crusader went supersonic on first flight. Of course that was in the old days when men were men. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-8_Crusader