F-35 Test Paves the Way for Block 3F Implementation

“It was a great day when we finally got there. It worked, and the airplane was rock steady in the air,” Maack said, adding that the first vertical operations on the USS Wasp amphibious ship “were just fantastic and spectacularly thrilling to watch.”

The developmental flight tests cleared the way for the JPO to deliver Block 3F capability to the warfighter this year, allowing U.S. Air Force F-35 pilots, both stateside at Hill AFB, Utah, and overseas in the Pacific, to finally employ the stealth fighter's full suite of lethal air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons in combat.  The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35Bs and the U.S. Navy's F-35Cs will be able to deploy with their full 3F capability in May and June, respectively.

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