CF-1, the first Navy F-35C test aircraft, made its inaugural flight from NAS-JRB Fort Worth, Tex., June 6, 2010. Company test pilot Jeff Knowles, a retired naval aviator, was at the controls for the 57 minutes in the air. The F-35C variant is optimized for carrier operations. As such, it has a larger wing and control surfaces and additional structural strength than its Air Force F-35A and Marine Corps F-35B cousins, which have already flown in tests. Here, CF-1 is shown taking off.
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