First Footage Of An F-35B Taking Off Straight Into The Air

First Footage Of An F-35B Taking Off Straight Into The Air


Earlier this month at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland, the F-35B demonstrates its VTOL (Vertical Takeoff/Landing) abilities for the first time on camera. This not only allows the plane to hop short distances, it also allows the crew to carry heavier loads than otherwise possible. By using both the downward thrust of the jets in addition to the aerodynamic lift generated by the wings, the F-35B is capable of taking off with limited runway space and while carrying extra fuel or ammo. [Lockheed]