Nations and their militaries are the customers for fighter aircraft, but the end users are their pilots. So who looks out for their interests and ensures that the technology lives up to the manufacturer’s promises? That responsibility falls to test pilots like Tony Wilson, or Brick as he was known in the U.S. forces.
In the U.S., the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps fly the F-35. Additionally the program has nine partner nations, and 15 countries around the world now fly the sophisticated warfighter.