External Stores Drop
(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued Sept 28, 2015)
US Navy test pilot Cmdr. Ted Dyckman carried out the first F-35C external stores release test on 23 September 2015 over the range near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

Four 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II bombs were dropped during the test.

This was Flight 394 for F-35C test aircraft CF-02.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s good to learn that, 14 years into the development program, the F-35C carrier variant has achieved this milestone.
It should be remembered, however, that like any other aircraft the F-35 loses most of its “stealth” capabilities and becomes easily observable to radar when carrying underwing stores and the pylons they are mounted on.)


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