A US Marine Corps pilot just made history on December 19, 2019, as the first to surpass 1,000 flight hours in the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
Lt. Col. Brian W. Bann became the first to accomplish the feat in the service's F-35 Lightning II model while delivering a new aircraft to Marine Aircraft Group 13 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, last month, officials announced on Jan. 29, 2020.
The F-35B can take off and land vertically, known as Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL), from amphibious assault ship flight decks and austere locations with little runway space.
Bann is an acceptance test pilot for all three fifth-generation fighter variants; he's currently assigned to the Defense Contract Management Agency at Lockheed Martin's F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, according to a news release.
The company announced it had delivered 134 jets worldwide in 2019, meaning surpassing its goal of 131 fighter deliveries for the year.
A test conducted to determine if the requirements of a specification or contract are met.
An exemplary, even bold achievement, often an act of great courage or skill.
Since the Turkish military initiated its military campaign almost exclusively via drones, this feat signals a new development in warfare.
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