VIDEO: The First F-35 In Australia's $24 Billion Joint Strike Fighter Program Has Finally Taken Flight

The first F-35A Lightning II, destined for the Royal Australian Air Force, has safely completed its first ever flight.

Lockheed Martin chief test pilot Al Norman took off from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on September 29.

Boeing has been loudly criticising Lockheed Martin’s F-35 in hopes that the Navy and other clients will buy more of its EA-18G Growlers for support and F/A-18 Super Hornets as contingency.

The Australian government has budgeted $24 billion towards 72 of the F-35s.

Watch the video of the inaugural flight:

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