05 May 2012

Ship suitability trials of F-35B

The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant of Lockheed-Martin’s Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter completed ship suitability testing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS WASP off the coast of Virginia in October 2011. Combined, F-35B test aircraft BF-2 and BF-4 accomplished 72 short takeoffs and 72 vertical landings during the three-week testing period.

See video of the trials here.

Something to look for: sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the aircraft rotates – an intentional part of the sea trials.

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