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AF Base Receives 1st Lockheed F-35 CTOL Jets; Orlando Carvalho Comments

(pictured left to right) Orlando Carvalho and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Lofgren
(pictured left to right) Orlando Carvalho and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Lofgren

A U.S. Air Force base in Nevada has received its first three Lockheed Martin-built F-35 conventional takeoff and landing jets for testing, with a total of 12 jets to be assigned to the squadron by 2019.

Nellis’ 422 Test and Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group will test and evaluate the jets, Lockheed said Tuesday.

Lockheed photo
Lockheed photo

“For more than 50 years, it's been our privilege to support the Air Force mission, said Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed’s recently-promoted executive vice president of aeronautics.

“We're honored to deliver the first three F-35A CTOL aircraft to Air Force Warfare Center,“ he added.

The U.S. Air Force Warfare center at Nellis officially welcomed the jets during a ceremony Tuesday.

Lockheed has delivered 24 F-35 CTOL jets to the Air Force and 58 of the planes to the Defense Department.

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Written by Ross Wilkers

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