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F-35B Makes First Landing at Sea | Photos

On Oct. 3, 2011, at 3:12 p.m. EDT F-35B aircraft BF-2, piloted by Marine Corps Lt. Col. Fred Schenk, made the type’s first vertical landing on the deck of the USS Wasp (LHD 1). The landing marked the beginning of ship suitability testing for the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant. During the shipboard testing, test pilots will verify F-35B basic performance and handling qualities around the boat in a flight envelope close to that used by fleet pilots during carrier qualifications.

Video: F-35B Landing at Sea

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    Happy Birthday from the Aerospace & Defense MBA program at the University of Tennessee

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    Excellent!! I remember a Harrior landing on my ship LPD2 back in the 80’s… Good job..!!