The US Navy's variant of the F-35 Lightning II has completed its first successful landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. The test was conducted yesterday, as an F-35C snagged one of the four arresting wires on the deck of the USS Nimitz.

Cmdr. Tony Wilson was at the stick for the attempt, which took place during routine training in the Pacific. The arrested landing is just the first part of the Navy's Development Testing I, a process that's meant to last two weeks and which will be followed by two additional at-sea testing phases.

"Today is a landmark event in the development of the F-35C," Cmdr. Wilson said in a statement. "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."

Take a look at video of the landing.


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