First F-35B Vertical Takeoff Test

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An F-35B test aircraft completes the first-ever vertical takeoff (VTO) at NAS Patuxent River, Md., on May 10, 2013. While not a capability used in combat, VTOs are required for repositioning of the STOVL in environments where a jet could not perform a short takeoff. In these cases, the jet, with a limited amount of fuel, would execute a VTO to travel a short distance.

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  1. Delex
    Delex May 21, 2013

    At over $300M a copy does anyone really think the USMC is going to be able to replace all the aircraft they plan to with this?

  2. neptuneone0-10
    neptuneone0-10 May 21, 2013

    t minus 25 and counting

  3. 28144334
    28144334 May 22, 2013

    AWESOME but does it fly or just go up and down? I want to see it fly fully armed and firing

  4. 24361524
    24361524 May 30, 2013

    Excellent DEMO of vertical takeoff capability!

  5. KrazyCOL
    KrazyCOL May 31, 2013

    ITS ALIVE....... ITS ALIVE..............

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