Home » Aviation » Video: U.S. Navy Version of F-35 Lands on Carrier for First Time


Video: U.S. Navy Version of F-35 Lands on Carrier for First Time

US Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighter lands for the first time on USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Nov. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

US Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighter lands for the first time on USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Nov. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter has made a successful trap onboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

“F-35C completes first carrier landing,” the U.S. Navy’s twitter feed announced at about 5p EST on Monday.

Two of the single-engine stealth fighter are scheduled to conduct sea trials onboard the nearly 100,000-ton warship this week to prove the jet can operate safely on the flightdeck.

The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office is deploying test aircraft CF-3 and CF-5 to the carrier. The two jets are fully instrumented and are cleared to operate with a full flight envelope. Once onboard Nimitz, the jets will be run through the gamut of carrier operations.

Earlier in the year, F-35 program manager Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan said that he had some doubts as to if the sea trials were going to be possible because of problems with the aircraft’s hook and nose landing gear. Given the rigorous testing the two jets have undergone, the situation has improved. “I feel pretty good about this now,” Bogdan said.

  • kjwulff

    …and it will now be down for maintenance for the next six weeks.

  • Ken Adams

    Inquiring minds want to know – (a) who got the first trap? (b) what was the grade?

    • CharleyA

      3 wire: OK. At least that’s what I say from my perch…

  • Merlin Dorfman

    Is it a good idea to be standing around on the flight deck during arrested landings? Those cables can snap and whip around the deck…

    • Retnavyac

      There are always people on the deck during both take-offs and landings. That’s why the flight deck is the most dangerous place to work!

      • Merlin Dorfman

        Isn’t it SOP for everybody to duck into the gallery during a landing?

  • old guy

    Unnecessary danger to observers. 3 wire OK. Cost not OK

  • Waldez

    F-35 Goldfinch, the name strikes terror as well as alluding to the cost.

  • Craig Johnson

    Makes me proud to be a Navy vet and a former Nimitz sailor.

  • Retnavyac

    It’s just so damn ugly!