UK's F-35 has inaugural flight, but will the programme get off the ground?

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Andrew Elwell

The UK’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft took its inaugural flight last week at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth facility. During the 45 minute sortie, test pilot Bill Gigliotti put the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II aircraft through a number of functional flight checks before being officially accepted by the UK MoD. The US programme is well underway, but this is the first international F-35 to hit the skies. Your TextGroup Captain Harv Smyth, the Joint Strike Fight...
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