The F-35 Makes its Inaugural Flight in Britain

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on May 9, 2012 9:44:00 AM
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United Kingdom's First Lockheed Martin F-35 Makes Inaugural FlightIt was a brief 45 minute flight. No sonic speed records were broken; no oceans or English Channels were crossed; no flag-waving crowds were expectantly assembled. Yet it was surely one of the most historic moments to date in the history of the Royal Air Force: the inaugural test flight of Britain’s new F-35B Lightning II. The $259 million vertical takeoff and landing stealth fighter is England’s first so-called “5th generation” combat aircraft, making the U.K. the only other country in NATO (besides America) to have stealth capabilities for its air force as of yet.

Being that High Performance Alloys has made significant material contributions to the design of this powerful new fighter, we chart its course carefully and with a certain measure of “hometown pride.” After all, it’s our nitronic 60 that’s been utilized in the construction of these Joint Strike Fighters. With its superior wear resistance (along with other qualities), Nitronic 60 makes for an alloy that’s lightweight, flexible, and powerful all in one package. The R.A.F. now joins the U.S.A.F. as one of the most fearsomely advanced flying forces in the world. With other NATO countries slated to purchase the F-35, we look forward to further orders for nitronic 60, and an ever-more capable air arm for NATO.

Topics: F-35, High Performance Alloys, NITRONIC 60

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