|A historic flight. Turk Hava Kuvvetleri replaces its F-4 with its brand new F-35 5th gen fighter .|
The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft, made its debut flight on June 01, 2016 , Lockheed Martin announced Monday.
A series of functional flight checks were conducted during the flight that lasted for 45 minutes.
The jet will undergo a series of flight trials before being handed over to the Turkish Airforce which will then use the 5th Generation fighter for training and operational tests at the Konya Air Force Base, beginning later this year, Lockheed said.
While a final decision on the total number of F-35s it will acquire is still pending, the Turkish Government is now reconsidering its decision to buy the F-35C carrier variants of the jets and may switch back to ordering the F-35A CTOL variants as decided originally.