An F-35A strike fighter completed the aircraft type's first in-flight launch
of an AIM-120 air-to-air missile on June 5, 2013, announced testers at Edwards
AFB, Calif. The launch of the AIM-120C5 instrumented air vehicle from test
aircraft AF-1 took place over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range, paving the way for
targeted launches later this year, they said.
Here, the AIM-120's engine fires after its release from AF-1.
Lockheed Martin photo by Matthew Short
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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