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F-35 fighter takes wing over Italy, first flight outside U.S.

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On Monday, Italy became the first international partner to fly an F-35 fifth-generation tactical fighter outside the United States. Known as AL-1, the F-35A Lightning II aircraft made the one-hour, 22-minute flight out of Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility in northern Italy. This historic milestone was possible through a joint effort by Italy, Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi manufacturing and Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Md. “Italy’s ‘primo volo’ (first flight) sets a firm foundation for Italy’s F-35 program and future opportunities…

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