Marines drop ordnance as part of a live-fire exercise.
F-35A Missile Launch & Pilot Interview
An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range, June 5. It was the first launch where the F-35 and AIM-120 demonstrated a successful launch-to-eject communications sequence and fired the rocket motor after launch -- paving the way for targeted launches. Hear from the pilot of the mission.