First F-35A Destined for Eglin AFB, Fla., Completes First Flight

FORT WORTH, Texa, 05/10/2011 --

The first F-35A production aircraft that will be delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base on Friday, May 6, with Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti at the controls. The aircraft, designated AF-8, will be delivered to Eglin for pilot and maintainer training. AF-8 is the first aircraft to fly from Low Rate Initial Production lot two.

F-35A(Lockheed Martin photo by Angel DelCueto)