F-35B Jumpjet Comes In For Short Landing


F-35B engine maker Pratt & Whitney put this video up yesterday of the new jet making a short landing. You can see the downward-swiveling tailpipe and the big open panel behind the cockpit that allows air into the central lift fan.

This Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version of the JSF is the one the Marines are hoping they'll get soon to replace their Harrier jumpjets. Yesterday, Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway told lawmakers on the Hill that continued delays in the F-35 program are having a "serious" impact on Marine readiness since the Corps hasn't bought any new attack jets in years in anticipation of the F-35B coming on line.

-- Greg

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