The world's most expensive military project, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is expected to take to the skies for its maiden test flight next week.
Marine Brigadier General David Heinz said the maiden test flight of the Joint Strike Fighter would take place in Fort Worth, Texas.
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"I am optimistic that we will see the airplane fly as early as Monday," said Brig Gen Heinz, the Pentagon programme office's deputy director.
He said the planned 60-minute test flight of the F-35 would go ahead on the day, weather conditions permitting.