The U.S. Defense Department's embattled F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its first public air show appearance May 21 at Joint Base Andrews, Md., just outside of Washington.
Lt. Cmdr. Eric Buus pilots an F-35C Joint Strike Fighter on May 21 over Joint Base Andrews, Md., during the base’s annual air show. (Lockheed Martin)
An F-35C variant aircraft flew alongside an F/A-18 Hornet chase plane during a single pass before disappearing into the distance. Both the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps will operate the C-model aircraft from the Navy's large deck carriers.
The jet was flying with Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus at the controls as part of a commemoration marking 100 years of naval aviation.
After the flyover pass, the F-35C and its Hornet chase plane continued with their planned test sortie, said Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the JSF program office who was in attendance alongside program manager Vice Adm. David Venlet.
Both planes were flown out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., which serves as the Navy's main flight test center.
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