Video of the Second F-35B Test Jet Making a Vertical Landing


Here's some film of the second F-35B short take-off and vertical landing Joint Strike Fighter test plane making its first vertical landing on Jan. 6 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

The flight comes roughly a week after Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he's putting the Marine Corps' F-35B on a two year probation due to the fact that the STOVL jet is experiencing numerous testing problems than may lead to a redesign of the engine and parts of the airframe. If Lockheed and the F-35 program office can't get the B-model back on track within two years, it's done.

If the B is axed, the big question will be; what's the future of Marine Corps fixed-wing tacair?

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