Programmke on flight tests of the F-35 Lightning I held more than 5 thousand flight hours, according to a press release from Lockheed Martin on December 3. This limit has been reached on the plane F-35 series mounting SDD (System Development and Demonstration). In achieving this goal involved all three variants of F-35 — F-35A ordinary takeoff and landing (CTOL), F-35 non-long takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) and the F-35C carrier-based variant (CV).
Since the first flight in December 2006, the F-35 aircraft completed 3464 flight. This amount includes:
91 flying a plane AA-1
2510 flights on the aircraft steps SDD
863 production aircraft flight.