Video: F-35C’s First Formation Flight

Here’s som mid-week video of the very first formation flight involving the F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter.

It shows a pair of F-35Cs, dubbed CF-1 and CF-2, taking off, flying and landing together last week at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland.  Click through the jump for the video.

  • tfkiti

    it looks kind of fat

    • Tim

      With at least 4 “babies” -quadruplets- in its belly, one can only be surprised that it is not fatter.

    • passingby

      quote: “it looks kind of fat”

      not kind of fat, simply fat, … and slow, and ugly, with a long list of health problems. Sound familiar? LOL

  • Pat

    Honestly that looks much cooler than any other jets formation.

  • DGR

    Looks almost as good as a pair of F-4s!

  • McPosterdoor

    it looks kind of phat

  • Black Owl

    The U.S. Navy should’t buy the F-35C when they could get 3.5 Super Hornets for the same price:

    • Mastro

      I used to dismiss this line of thought- but with every number of F18’s it goes up- it is tempting-

    • Citizen of the world

      Cool. How many Gulfstream G100s could we get?

      • 4FingerOfBourbon

        How many B-2’s? Apples to Carrots even….F18 is good but if it were a car it would have a “classic” license plate…Especially when the rest of the world is trying to forge ahead with aerospace technology…

    • ColonelBlair

      can you please stop repping your paper. I’m getting sick of it. We all know your opinion. Thankfully you aren’t in charge of procurement.

    • 4FingerOfBourbon

      Spam. Starting to think your work for Boeing…

    • tiger

      Owl your getting as bad as those Ron Paul types. Get it a rest.

      • passingby

        Ron Paul might not be perfect, but in terms of conscience, integrity, and wisdom in sound governance, he’s light years ahead of brainless lying puppets Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann.

    • Kool Guy

      “The U.S. Navy should’t buy the F-35C when they could get 3.5 Super Hornets for the same price” hahah then why not get the original jets from WWII era, it will be 50 planes for the price of 1. more cost effective isnt it? jk guys

  • DanS

    Nice pics and video, but can it trap on a consistent basis yet?

  • Ben F

    I am still waiting on the the location of the tail hook and seeing the F-35 withstand some carrier landings by using the tailhook. I won’t be impressed until I see some carrier landings and its able to withstand those.

  • STemplar

    They’re circling looking for a carrier they can actually land on since we don’t own one that they can.

    • cool_hand77

      too heavy for a Nimitz class?

  • HeavyArrow

    You know, the more articles I see posted about the F-35, the more hateful comments I see about the airplane about how it looks ‘ugly’ or ‘fat’. The A-10 is ugly, but people like it. The A-6 was ugly, but it was effective and people liked it.
    The military doesn’t care if you like the way it looks, as long as it gets the job done and can serve for 20-30 years.
    Just my two cents.
    Probably get downvoted for this.

  • Rohan

    Fighters are ruling up de sky !!!!!

  • Old Navy

    Well two down and how many to go and how long to get them and how much will be the cost over runs?

  • Jay

    Whoopee. Not the future of air power. Creates jobs, and thats about it.

    • passingby

      first and foremost is putting money in the pockets of LMT, suppliers, and their shareholders.

      • jamFRIDGE

        For someone who I’d “passing by,” you sure are spending a lot of time whining about things. “JFK was a conspiracy, so was WTC” Go on and stop trolling

        • jamFRIDGE

          Is whining*

    • Guest A

      Because creating jobs in the US is a bad thing in this economy?

      • passingby

        it’s a matter of cost vs benefit analysis.

        the benefit of keeping those jobs doesn’t come close to making up for the medium term to long term ills caused by the outlandishly wasteful and economically unproductive military spending.

  • Rob
    • blight_

      A little concerned about sending next-gen aircraft to Taiwan. But I guess there’s always a gamble in arming people next door to your hotspots, like Iran and Iraq.

  • Richard

    Our aircraft are not designed to look pretty .