Apr 21 2011

Third F-35B Aircraft Completes STOVL Mode Flight

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 20:52 onder Global F35 News

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Over an Atlantic test range near Naval Air Station Patuxent River, U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Fred “Tinman” Schenk completes the first flight of F-35B test aircraft BF-4 in short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL) mode.

The flight marks growing maturity of STOVL flight with the third F-35B aircraft at NAS Patuxent River performing STOVL test missions. BF-4 is also the only mission systems test aircraft flying Block 1.0 software to fly in STOVL mode.

The F-35B STOVL variant and F-35C carrier variant are undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.

Source: U.S Naval Air Systems Command; issued April 20, 2011

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