Fighter jets ice tested

An F-35B Lightning II jet undergoes ice evaluation testing at the 96th Test Wing's McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Picture: Michael D. Jackson
An F-35B Lightning II jet undergoes ice evaluation testing at the 96th Test Wing's McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Picture: Michael D. Jackson

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FIGHTER jets which will fly from the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers have been tested to make sure they can deploy to any corner of the world.

An F-35 Lightning II aircraft has undergone rigorous climatic testing at the US Air Force’s laboratory at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The F-35s are being tested to make sure they can operate in conditions from the head of the outback of Australia to the bitter cold of the Arctic Circle above Canada and Norway.

‘We’re pushing the F-35 to its environmental limits, ranging from 120F to -40F, and every possible weather condition in between,’ said F-35 test 
pilot Billie Flynn, who led the 
cold weather testing on the aircraft.

‘To this point, the aircraft’s performance is meeting expectations.

‘It has flown in more than 100 degree heat while also flying in bitter subzero temperatures.

‘Future warfighters can be confident the F-35 will perform in any condition they find themselves in for the future.’