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F-35A completes first night refueling mission

Posted 3/28/2012   Updated 3/29/2012 Email story   Print story


95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

3/28/2012 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first night refueling in the history of the F-35 program was completed March 26, 2012, here. Piloted by Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, 461st Flight Test Squadron director of operations, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35's boom receptacle. Vitt's sortie lasted more than three hours. In addition to qualifying with the KC-135, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB will conduct night refueling tests with the KC-10.

Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Public Affairs

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