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Weight-Optimized F-35 Test Fleet Adds Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant

Lockheed Martin : 24 December, 2008  (New Product)
Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first weight-optimized conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter on Dec. 19. The new F-35A, called AF-1, joins three weight-optimized F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants currently undergoing testing. The aircraft are structurally identical to the F-35s that will be delivered to armed services beginning in 2010.
'The Lightning II CTOL aircraft will be, by far, the most widely employed F-35 variant in the world, with more than 1,700 to be used by the U.S. Air Force alone,' said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager. 'The F-35A we delivered is, at its core, the same aircraft that will enter operational service with the Air Force and international customers.'

The first F-35A, known as AA-1, has completed 69 flights, and has a production-representative external shape and internal systems
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