Thursday, August 8, 2013

Marines about to begin round two of F-35B sea trials

You recall the F-35B's first round of ship trials in 2011.  Well round two is about to start:
Lockheed Martin's F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft recently completed its 500th vertical landing. The aircraft that completed the achievement also accomplished the plane's first vertical landing in March 2009 at Naval Air StationPatuxent River, Md.

The landing comes just as Lockheed is readying for sea trials scheduled to begin next week for the F-35B variant onboard the USS WASP. The test is the second of three aimed and showing the F-35B's shipboard abilities and a key to declaring the F-35's initial operating capability for the Marine Corps in 2015.
Remember, the Marines have the earliest IOC date.

So on we go ...


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