F-35C Lightning II aircraft are tested aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) flexed their sea legs aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the second F-35C developmental test (DT-II) phase October 2-10, 2015. The team wrapped up 100 percent of its carrier suitability and integration testing of the F-35C on October 9 and all of its logistics test and evaluation (LT&E) October 10. DT-II featured 66 catapults and 66 arrestments across 17 flights, logged 26.5 flight hours and achieved a total of 280 flight test points and 17 LT&E test points. U.S. Navy video courtesy of Lockheed Martin | Matt Short, Dane Wiedmann, Andrew McMurtrie, and Andy Wolfe.