from 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
1/21/2016 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An
F-35 from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for
the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12, 2016. The
Flight Sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated
Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test
pilot at Edwards AFB.
The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared missile and the newest of the
Sidewinder family of short-range air-to-air missiles carried on a wide
range of fighter jets.
The missile was launched at 6,000 feet.
The shot paves the way for the F-35 to utilize the weapon's high
off-boresight and targeting capabilities, increasing lethality in the