F-35 STOVL expected to make first vertical landing soon

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Fighter Country

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N) F-35 is expected to make its long-delayed first full vertical landing within the next week, a top U.S. Navy official said on Thursday. Captain Lawrence Burt, Commander of Carrier Air Wing Two, said officials testing the short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL) version of the new radar-evading fighter needs to conduct a few more flights before doing the landing maneuver . “They’re three or four flights from a full STOVL vertical landing, which would be a huge step in the testing process,” Burt told Reuters after addressing…

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F35 JSF for Operational Testing – Britain Aquiring 3rd STOVL Model

Posted on January 25, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Joint Strike Fighter program has got a boost with Britain recently announcing to buy its third F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft for operational testing. The combat aircraft is being developed by the US defense major Lockheed Martin in partnership with eight other countries. Britain will acquire the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for operational test and evaluation. Its decision comes at a time when other partner countries in the project, including Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, Italy and the US, committing to procure the aircraft under production. Britain has invested the highest amount – $2 billion – for…

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