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Greater Milwaukee Native Tests Latest Jet

Lt. Colonel Fred Schenk of Cedarburg – a former High School classmate – performed the first at-sea vertical landing of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, a jet expected to replace current jets with its vertical landing capabilities. Schenk has undergone intense training in various jets to get the opportunity to be the first to test the Harrier-like hover landing of the F-35B. Testpilots like Schenk help designers iron out the kinks before releasing new jets to the general military. They take the risks of an unproven machine before it gets onto mass production. More on Schenk, the F-35B, and the test can be read at jsonline.

I am proud to call Schenk a former Cedarburgian and class mate.

A video of his landing can be seen here.


About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.


3 thoughts on “Greater Milwaukee Native Tests Latest Jet

  1. wow, Freddie Schenk!? Cool pic of him in the cockpit

    Posted by ann | October 31, 2011, 1:55 pm
  2. And isn’t it a Cedarburger?

    Posted by ann | October 31, 2011, 1:59 pm

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