The Air Force's "best estimate" is that it will have its first squadron of F-35A strike fighters combat-ready in the first quarter of 2016, Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida, assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements on the Air Staff, told Senate lawmakers during an oversight hearing, April 13, 2010. Here, AF-1, the first weight-optimized F-35A test aircraft, rolls out of Lockheed Martin's final finishes facility at Fort Worth, Tex., April 13, 2010. Sporting a new fin flash on its vertical stabilizers, the aircraft is returning to flight testing at Edwards AFB, Calif.
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