Two Lockheed F-35 fighter jets land successfully on a U.S. aircraft carrier in what's described as a ''major milestone'' for the U.S. Navy's newest plane. Pavithra George reports.
Lockheed Martin's F35C fighter jet makes it's first ever landing on an aircraft carrier-on day one of a 14-day test period for the U.S Navy's newest plane The jet, one of two being tested, landed successfully on the USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego on Monday - marking a major milestone for the F35 program that's been plagued by delays and cost overruns. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDER AND TEST PILOT OF F-35C, TONY WILSON, SAYING: "It's a great day and a very important milestone for the entire joint strike fighter program and for the international partners that are either in the program of record and interested in buying this aircraft, or a variant of the F35 or are considering it. Watching us doing this and doing it in a very methodical way and bring this aboard an aircraft carrier I think is a good message to everybody that this is a very capable jet and something that everyone should be very excited about." The program is part of the Pentagon's multibillion dollar weapons project to replace part of the U.S. military's current fleet of warplanes. In the next two weeks the jets will perform operational maneuvers using a tailhook that had be redesigned after early test problems on land.