Marine One

Meet J.T. Bachmann, the first USMC pilot to fly the Joint Strike Fighter.

Major J.T. Bachmann pulls off the gloves and grins after an engine run in the F-35A. (Lockheed Martin)

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Bachmann: Really, it’s getting it into the air. Any test aircraft is kinda like a racehorse. Smart, but finicky. Just getting a racehorse into the starting gate and out the front can be tougher than you think. The airplane knows everything that’s going on with it. It’ll tell you what it needs. Once you get to the…runway, that’s when you say, “We’ll fly today and learn something new.”

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