The F-35B Lightning II: Vertical Landing at Sea

by Crocker on October 4, 2011, 2:53 pm

in History,Military

The newest generation of U.S. strike fighter is the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II. It’s called the “Joint Strike Fighter” because it’s being produced as a cross-service, cross-platform aircraft equally at home at sea or on land. It’s the universal replacement for current Navy and Air Force fighters and should eventually be massed produced for both services as well as friendly foreign governments. The name “Lightning II” reflects the legacy of the legendary WWII P-38 fighter, the scourge of the skies in Europe and the Pacific. The highest-scoring U.S. ace in WWII, Air Force Lt. Richard Bong, shot down 40 Japanese aircraft in the P-38.

Here is recent video of an F-35B prototype doing a vertical landing on the USS Wasp. An amazing airplane.

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