Navy Stealth Fighter Makes History [Video]

111003-N-WS082-013 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 3, 2011) An aviation boatswain's mate directs an F-35B Lightning II after it completes the first vertical landing on a flight deck at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). The F-35B is the Marine Corps Joint Strike Force variant of the Joint Strike Fighter and is designed for short takeoff and vertical landing on Navy amphibious ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Justin K. Thomas/Released)

A Navy stealth fighter made history and we have the video to prove it. The Navy F-35C Lightening II completed its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier making aviation history.

The Navy stealth fighter, which is meant to complement the Navy’s strike fighter F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, is undergoing two weeks of initial at-sea Developmental Testing I (DT-I). This landing was part of the testing period.

According to the Navy, “the F-35C combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fused targeting, cutting-edge avionics, advanced jamming, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.”

Statements About Navy Stealth Fighter Making History

As you can imagine, there were a lot of excited and proud people after the F-35C Lightening II completed its first arrested landing aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Here’s what Vice Adm. David H. Buss, Commander, Naval Air Forces, had to say after witnessing history.

“What a historic day today is for Naval Aviation. With the first traps of the F-35C Lightning II aboard an aircraft carrier, we begin the integration of the next generation of warfighting capability into our carrier-based air wings,” said Buss. “This important milestone is yet another indicator of Naval Aviation’s ongoing evolution to meet future threats and remain central to our future Navy and National Defense Strategy.”

What about Cmdr. Tony Wilson – the Naval test pilot who flew and landed the Navy stealth fighter? Here’s what Wilson had to say.

“Today is a landmark event in the development of the F-35C,” said Wilson, a Navy test pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23. “It is the culmination of many years of hard work by a talented team of thousands. I’m very excited to see America’s newest aircraft on the flight deck of her oldest aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz.”

Video of Navy Stealth Fighter Arrested Landing

Here’s the official Navy video of the F-35C Lightening II making history.

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