Dating navy pilot
Following these modifications, the aircraft was towed to the hover pit and British Aerospace test pilot, Simon Hargreaves began operating the flight-ready system in the aircraft on May 24.On 23 June 2001 at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, the X-35B conducted its first press-up, marking the first time in aviation history that a shaft-driven lift fan propulsion system had lifted an aircraft into the sky.
The X-32B took to the air for the first time on 29 March 2001, the pilot was Phil O'Donoughe.Several test cards were performed and the aircraft was ferried back to Palmdale for storage.The flight lasted 3.7 hours, during which Morgenfeld went through six aerial refuelings.While en-route to NAS Patuxent River, the X-32 made six refueling stops, as it was not certified for air-to-air refuelings. On 24 June, during the aircraft's 44th flight, O’Donoghue transitioned the X-32B from fully wingborne (conventional) to jetborne (STOVL) flight mode and then smoothly decelerated the X-32B to a steady hover at about 250 feet above the ground.O'Donoghue then accelerated out of the hover and transitioned back to conventional flight before making a "slow landing." During four other flights the same day, the X-32B completed three additional hovers and numerous transitions to STOVL flight.