Defense Media Network

F-35B Twilight Operations on the USS Wasp

Lockheed Martin recently released this video of twilight operations aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) during ship suitability sea trials, also known as Developmental Test Phase Two (DT-II). As of August 18, the two F-35Bs participating in DT-II, airframes BF-1 and BF-5, had completed a total of 40 short takeoffs and 41 vertical landings.

Should DT-II be completed successfully, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps expect to have all the data necessary to support certification for future F-35B Lighting II shipboard operations in anticipation of initial operating capability in 2015.


From Employee Accounts