Video: F-35's First Night Flight

Lockheed Martin F-35A Performs First Night Flight

Last week we showed you pics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's first night flight that happened on Jan. 18 at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Well, Lockheed just released the video from that dusk flight in which an F-35A took off at 5:05 pm and landed shortly after sunset at 6:20 pm. This came the same week that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing variant off probation and that Lockheed annoucned that the F-35 schoolhouse at Eglin AFB, Fl., is now home to the largest fleet of JSFs in the country. Still, I've got to point out that the operational jets based at Eglin aren't cleared for flight.

Anyway, click through the jump to enjoy the video, and as always, turn the sound off to avoid the awful music.

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