F-35A Lightning II Completes High Angle Of Attack Tests
Lockheed Martin says the latest in a series of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) high angle of attack (AOA) testing is complete. According to Lockheed, the testing accomplished high AOA beyond both the positive and negative maximum command limits, including intentionally putting the aircraft out of control in several configurations.
This included initially flying in the stealth clean wing configuration, said Lockheed. It was followed by testing with external air-to-air pylons and missiles, which in turn was followed by tests with open weapon bay doors. The F-35A began edge-of-the-envelope high AOA testing in the Fall 2012. According to Lockheed, recovery from out of control flight has been 100 percent successful without the use of the spin recovery chute during this high AOA series of flight tests.