The F-35 Lightning II aircraft fleet surpassed 16,000 cumulative flight hours through 30 April 2014. Test pilots at three locations flew a monthly record high 282 flight hours and 153 flights in April. In April, operational F-35s fleet-wide flew 812 hours. Cumulative totals for 2014 include 420 hours on F-35A test aircraft, 281 hours on F-35B test aircraft, and 222 hours on F-35C test jets. Operational F-35 pilots in all three variants have flown 2,790 hours for the year. Block 2B software flight science testing on the F-35A fleet is now nearly complete, and Block 3 software testing is expected to begin in mid 2014. Block 2B testing for the F-35B is expected to be completed later this year.
Monday's social media storm about Fort Worth started with a simple tweet. Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns complained on Twitter to The Weather Channel that it should stop showing photos of Dallas when giving the Fort Worth forecast on its weather app. KERA story (here)
Twitter has erupted with the hastag #thisisfortworth
Below is my contribution.
An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter cruises over the skies of Fort Worth, Texas during a test flight prior to being delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps for training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The short take-off vertical landing jet, known as the STOVL variant, will replace the aging AV-8B Harrier for the Marines. The Joint Strike Fighter is assembled in Fort Worth. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)