F-35B com­pletes first ver­ti­cal take-off


ALock­heed Martin F-35B short take-off/ ver­ti­cal land­ing (STOVL) Light­ning II test air­craft re­cently com­pleted the first-ever ver­ti­cal take-off (VTO) on May 10. VTOs are one of the many ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quired for the field­ing an F-35B air­craft. While not a com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity, VTOs are re­quired for repo­si­tion­ing of the STOVL in en­vi­ron­ments where a jet could not per­form a short take-off. In th­ese cases, the jet, with a limited amount of fuel, would ex­e­cute a VTO to travel a short dis­tance.

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