First next-generation F-35 jet produced for Turkey makes maiden flight

First next-generation F-35 jet produced for Turkey makes maiden flight

The first next-generation F-35A fighter jet produced for Turkey made its maiden flight at the U.S. weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, Daily Sabah reported.

In a video shared by the U.S. Department of Defense Wednesday, an F-35 warplane with the tail number 18-001 and a Turkish flag next to it circled around the facilities and made a couple of maneuvers.

Turkey ordered 100 aircrafts – including, according to reports, F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variants.

First F-35 warplanes are expected to be delivered to Turkey on June 21.

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