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Photos: The US Military's Next-Generation F-35 Fighter Jet

Weapons test

The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 conducted the first weapons separation test of an AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) from an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant.

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The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 conducted the first weapons separation test of an AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) from an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant.

Soaring overhead

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

(Image credit: U.S. Navy)

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

Getting in formation

Four F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighters fly in formation over Naval Air Station Lemoore.

(Image credit: U.S. Navy)

Four F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters fly in formation over Naval Air Station Lemoore.