F-35B Lightning II Vertical Landing and Takeoff Aboard the USS Wasp
- Published on May 22, 2019
- U.S. Marines and Sailors conduct 24-hour flight operations in international airspace aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) in the Philippine Sea. Maritime prepositioning enables deployment flexibility and an increased capability to respond rapidly to a crisis or contingency with a credible presence.
The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft. Similar in size to the A variant, the B sacrifices about a third of the A variant's fuel volume to accommodate the vertical flight system. Unlike other variants, the F-35B has no landing hook. The "STOVL/HOOK" control instead engages conversion between normal and vertical flight. Jet thrust is sent directly downwards during vertical flight.
Video Credits: U.S. Marine Corps Motion Imagery by Cpl. Richard Limone
Thumbnail Credit: Sgt. Cruz Sotelo
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