F-35B Conducts First Vertical Landing

The Marine Corps’ first operational Lockheed Martin F-35B performed its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing (STOVL) operations at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., on March 21, 2013.    Check out the video…

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take-off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.

F-35C Lightning IIAn F-35C Lightning II, marked CF-1, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay in February 2011. Image © wikipedia

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