Lockheed Martin announced that US Air Force Maj. Robert Miller has become the 100th pilot to fly the company’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
In the 90-minute flight, Miller took off from the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on July 9, the company said Thursday.
Miller said that the F-35 Lightning II “handles well and is very easy to fly.”
Assigned to the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at the Edwards Air Force Base in Calif., Miller joins the growing number of F-35 pilots from the Marine Corps. Navy, Air Force, the United Kingdom and other private companies.
He has spent 11 years in the Air Force and has flown more than 1,300 hours in the F-16, including 369 combat hours.
Lockheed Martin said that joint service partners at the Eglin Air Force Base has reached about 2,292 flight hours from 28 F-35’s.