F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Undergoes Cold-Weather Testing in Alaska

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is undergoing some more extreme weather testing before additional jets fly across the pond for permanent stationing in Norway.

The A model has and will continue to be tested on icy runways at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in order to pass its drag chute certification — a requirement for Norway’s version of the jets, Lockheed Martin said in a release on Monday.

Although Norway already has a handful of F-35s, it welcomed its first three F-35As to Ørland Air Base for permanent basing earlier this month.

“This initial testing is the first of two phases to ensure the F-35A can operate in these extreme conditions,” officials said in the release….

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