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The Tests for the F-35B Lightnings are Taken up a Notch

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After two weeks of testing, it?s time to up the ante for the Royal Navy?s F-35B Lightning fighter jets. They?ll be put through stricter and more demanding conditions ? including flying around-the-clock.

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Britain's biggest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is in her second month of a grueling four-month deployment in the west Atlantic Ocean to test her compatibility with the top-secret F-35B Lightning stealth jet. After dozens of landings and launches--by day and by night--Commanding Officer Jerry Kyd wants to find out how well the aircraft and the supercarrier will operate in difficult weather and wind conditions. They are put to the test when the ship is pounded by one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the southeastern U.S. in decades.

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