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F-35 goes ‘to the boat’

written by | October 4, 2011
BF-2 makes a vertical landing on USS Wasp. (JPO)

The F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version of the JSF has performed its first landing on a ship, when BF-2 landed vertically on the LHD, USS Wasp on October 3.

The landing marks the beginning of ship suitability testing, known as developmental test 1, for the F-35B. Other milestones to be completed during the tests include verifying basic performance and handling qualities in a flight envelope that approximates that used by fleet pilots during carrier qualification flights.

BF-2 is scheduled to fly from the Wasp for a period of two weeks.

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