Message posted by Secret Services on October 24, 2000 at 13:31:11 EST:
Lockheed Martins X-35A (JSF) successfully completed its maiden flight from Palmdale Plant #42 to Edwards Air Force Base this morning. HAT TRICK 01 along with two F-16 chase planes departed runway 07 and then entered R-2508 airspace for a short 30 minute flight before setting down at Edwards. If the looks of the bird have anything to do with the final selection of the JSF, then the Lockheed bird will have a huge advantage! Its a good looking aircraft!