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F-35B DT-III Aboard America: Wrap-up | Video


A Patuxent River Integrated Test Force video by Matthew Short describes the results and achievements of Developmental Test III aboard the first-of-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) that wrapped up in November. F-35Bs of VMX-1 and VX-23 landed aboard America at the end of October for a series of developmental and operational tests. America eschews the normal well-deck of an amphibious assault ship, devoting the extra space gained to enhancing aviation capabilities through an enlarged hangar deck, more efficient and expanded aviation maintenance facilities, increased available stowage of parts and equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity, among other improvements.


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