Skip to comments.F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Variant Ship Suitability Testing (Video)
Posted on 11/05/2011 8:07:52 AM PDT by lbryce
The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant completed ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) 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.
Wow! Watching the F-35B land vertically on an aircraft carrier, take off in an amazingly short distance is a sight to behold. The only problem is the way too intrusive, overwhelmingly annoying, monotonous background music.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. I remember the first tests to see if a B-25 could take off from a carrier was done off the Virginia coast.
They then trained at Eglin AFB.
I think the same thing applies to the F-35, not sure if the original ac was the Wasp but it could have been.
God Bless the USA.
This could explain a lot of UFO sightings.
True that. I would have preferred to hear what this bird sounds like when it hovers in or takes off.
Great! Ya Know, libs say they are “progressive” because they want same sex marriages. I say conservatives are progressive because they design progressive jets such as these. While the libs are still packing poopers, conservatives build things
That looks far more manageable and safer than how plans take off and land on carriers tosay, especially in bad weather.
Peace through strength bump.
New tagline ...
Amazing video. What a difference 50 years of technology makes. A Harrier always looked like it was balancing on top of a beach ball. The F-35 is rock solid in hover.
I’m surprised they used one front lifting flap on top, rather than two side lifting flaps on top. It looks like it would snap off if not lowered in time on a quick take off.
I think it was originally designed with side opening doors but they had an airflow problem so it was redesigned. About halfway through the video you can see some side opening doors behind the rear hinged door open up.
It’s all about getting air to the fan.
You’re right though, it looks like that main door will be stressed a lot over the plane’s lifetime. There’s probably a software limiter so it doesn’t open above a certain airspeed.
Great... Eliminate the Departments of Commerce, Education, Interior, the EPA, The BATF, HUD, Fannie & Freddie, and many
do-nothing paper pushers at the DOD.
There.. fixed it... Now you can afford to buy the F-35.
Sounds like a plan.
1. Why when landing does the plane come alongside, then slide over the deck, as opposed to approaching directly frorm astern?
2. I understand why CVNs go to max speed during air ops..( to increase airspeed over the deck) ..but during VL recoveries, does the carrier all but slow down? Is it safest to land on a stationary deck?
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