The US Navy's F-35Cs has begun its second planned at-sea development test, with a pair of the stealthy, controversial fighters taking up residence aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Naturally, there's video of the event.
Starting with a nifty bit of slow-motion work, the video shows both Lightning's make their traps aboard the carrier, where they'll spend the next two weeks. During that time, pilots will conducts multiple tests, including takeoffs and landings, while the maintenance crew will acclimate themselves to the new fighter, while also keeping an eye out for issues that could potentially cause problems down the road. The navy generally conducts three at-sea development phases for new aircraft.
"Over the next few weeks we'll learn more about what it takes to integrate next generation fighters aboard aircraft carriers," Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35's program executive officer, said in a statement. "The testing we're doing today will prepare us for next year's final at-sea developmental test and keep us on track to support the Navy's 2018 initial operational capability date."
Check out the video of the traps, obtained by Stars and Stripes.