First F-35B Night Vertical Landing

An F-35B Lightning II completes the first short takeoff and vertical landing during a test mission at night at NAS Patuxent River, Md.   Watch the video…

Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight  on April 2, 2013, to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations.

Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer, said:

“The completion of this test event demonstrates the F-35B is one step closer to delivering a critical capability to the U.S. Marine Corps and F-35B partners in the United Kingdom and Italy. There is plenty of work to be done and progress to be made, but we’re on a solid path forward.”

Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation, said:

“The F-35B will enable the Marine Corps to preserve its expeditionary nature and bring the next generation of warfighting capabilities to the Joint Force. As the threat environment becomes more sophisticated, the STOVL F-35B will enable the Marine Air ground Task Force to project power from amphibious ships as well as austere expeditionary airfields across the entire range of military operations. The first nighttime vertical landing represents the continued success of the program as well as the completion of yet another milestone towards realizing the full capabilities of the F-35B.”

First F-35B Night Vertical Landing

source Pratt & Whitney