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Jul 25, 2001, 11:37 AM
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Lockheed Martin X-35B completes "Mission X"

For those of you with an interest in the ongoing JSF flight testing in full scale, The X-35B successfully completed a major company objective on July 19th.

"Mission X" was the Full Monty: A short vectored takeoff, transition to normal flight, a supersonic dash, a transition to vertical flight and a vertical landing.

All required flight test objectives have been met and the testing is scheduled to end later this week.

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Jul 25, 2001, 01:08 PM
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I hear the Boing can go supersonic.. and hover.. but not on the same flight. The translating cowl needed for hover can't fly supersonic.
What's a company to do?
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Jul 25, 2001, 05:17 PM
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Yes, I read it. It is an awesome achievement for sure.

As for the home team I'd like to see them get there too.

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