1st Lt. Brett Burnside soared at Mach 1.4 — 1,075 miles per hour — supersonic in the dead of night over the desert, inverted over his wingman.
As a brand-new pilot, such a feat gave Burnside a burst of adrenaline. What’s more, he was pulling the move in the centerpiece of Air Force’s future fleet: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“You can practice and practice and practice as much as you want, but when it comes to flying the jet, whether it’s in a train or combat scenario, you have to have the ability to execute,” Burnside told Military.com in a recent interview.
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