F-35 Joint Strike Fighter passes aerial refueling test

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter passes aerial refueling test


YUMA, AZ - Another benchmark in the new Joint Strike Fighter jets headed for Yuma.

Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma officials say the Joint Strike Fighter has conducted its first aerial refueling exercise.

They say an F-35-b Joint Strike Fighter did so with a KC-130J Hercules at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

MCAS officials say previous aerial refueling operations with the F-35 have been done but only with test planes.

During the mid-air refueling the aircraft took on about 2,000 pounds of fuel at a speed of about 265 miles per hour at an altitude of 15,000 feet.

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