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FOLLOW -UP: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Navy version, begins training
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE -- The US Navy has joined the list of military services flying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin Air Force Base.
The Navy's version of the jet made its first training flight this morning..
Laura Hussey "This F35-C and another like it arrived here at Eglin Air Force Base about six weeks ago. They had to have complete mechanical and safety evaluations before they could get back in the air."
The F-35-C will eventually take off and land from aircraft carriers.
A tailhook wasn't needed for today's landing.
Ten Navy pilots are currently in instructor training here at Eglin.
The simulator training is so advanced that they become qualified F-35 pilots after just six flights in the jet.
Laura Hussey "A sortie is a term that means a takeoff and a landing. Yesterday the F35 fleet here at Eglin passed the benchmark of two-thousand sorties.