Air Force begins evaluating F-35-A joint strike fighter

Wednesday - 9/12/2012, 9:00am EDT

The Air Force has started operational utility evaluations on the F-35-A joint strike fighter. The tests will last about 65 days. They'll measure the effectiveness of F-35 pilot training and flight simulations.

The Air Force says the evaluations will set the standard for larger training programs for airmen and U.S. allies.

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