Tanker fuels F-35’s in flight, more tests scheduled

f-35 fueling
Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Photo by Andy Wolfe

For the first time, two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft refueled together with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above the Patuxent River, Md. last week. The CV aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, completed the milestone as part of an F-35 flight test program that will accomplish more than 1,000 flights in 2013.