The Most Expensive Plane Of All Time Takes Its First Gorgeous Night Flight

The Most Expensive Plane Of All Time Takes Its First Gorgeous Night Flight
To sign up for our daily newsletter covering the latest news, features and reviews, head HERE. For a running feed of all our stories, follow us on Twitter HERE. Or you can bookmark the Gizmodo Australia homepage to visit whenever you need a news fix.


The F-35 may be a lot of dubious things (overpriced, underused, occasionally broken) — but it sure is beautiful. Enjoy the eye candy American tax dollars bought in all its splendour — the F-35 just took its first flight into darkness.

The inaugural evening jaunt was pretty elementary:

The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Program was completed Wednesday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed after sunset at 6:22 p.m. The mission consisted of a series of straight in approaches in twilight and darkness.

But the F-35, despite being all over military headlines, is still pretty much a trillion dollar beta product. So when it manages to do something that seems simple, that’s an accomplishment. Next stop? Maybe shooting a missile at someone we don’t like, someday.