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  • First Dutch F-35 Solo Flight
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 4:58 PM on Dec 19, 2013

    Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Major Laurens Jan Vijge yesterday became the first Dutch pilot to fly the F-35 solo.

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    Dutch Ministry of Defense photo

    He flew F-001, one of two Dutch test aircraft based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where he and three other RNLAF F-16 pilots and ground crews are learning the ropes on the F-35.

    After two months on a simulator, the Dutch pilots have to fly solo since F-35s are all single-seat aircraft.

    Vijge described his first flight as "fantastic," comparing it to a test drive of a new car.

    Tags: ar99, Netherlands

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