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First F-35 guided weapons drop on a ground target

written by WOFA | October 31, 2013

BF-17, Flt 57, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok, GBU-12 WDA Live Fire, Edwards AFB, Ca., 29 October 2013

BF-17 / Flight 57 / Maj Richard Rusnok / GBU-12 ImpactAn F-35B has successfully dropped an inert GBU-12 laser-guided bomb against a tank test target, the first time an F-35 has dropped a weapon on a ground target.

The F-35B dropped the 500lb GBU-12 from an internal weapons bay at an altitude of 25,000ft after using its EOTS to identify, track, designate the weapon against a stationary tank on the Edwards Air Force Base Precision Impact Range.

The October 29 flight was piloted by Marine Corps test pilot Major Richard Rusnok.


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