F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lakehurst

LAKEHURST — The first F-35C Joint Strike Fighter to land at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst arrived June 25 for a round of testing required before the naval version of the multi-role aircraft can go to sea in 2013.

The test aircraft was flown by Lt. Cmdr. Eric “Magic” Buus from Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland, the base of the Navy’s F-35 integrated test team, according to officials with Naval Air Systems Command.

At Lakehurst, jet-blast deflector tests will be conducted to evaluate how the new aircraft performs with those sections of movable deck plate that shift the heat and blast of engine exhaust away from the aircraft carrier flight deck. The team must learn how the aircraft may be affected by vibration, acoustics, heat and ingesting hot gases, NAVAIR officials say. Plans call for shipboard testing of F-35s on aircraft carriers in 2013.



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