The time is drawing near when the Air Force will be transformed from F-15s and F-16s to F-22s and F-35s.
This jet (AA-1) landed at Edwards AFB to begin a round of in-flight air shutdown and restart operations. To date the aircraft has completed 50 hours of testing including refueling and flight with full weapons loads in internal bays.
Here's an interesting PR snippet:
"The F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5th generation stealth fighter. Three F-35 variants derived from a common design, developed together and using the same sustainment infrastructure worldwide will replace at least 13 types of aircraft for 11 nations initially, making the Lightning II the most cost-effective fighter program in history."
Replacing 13 types of aircraft?! This fighter will be like the F-18 Hornet is to the Navy currently. You'll be seeing it everywhere (Air Force, Marines, Navy).
I still think the F-16 is way sexier.