A friend passed along a recently
released video about testing an F-35B
aboard the USS Wasp.
It is a stealth, super-sonic version
of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning
The F-35B is a short takeoff and
vertical landing (STOVL) variant which
holds about 30% less fuel than F-35A
because of the vertical flight system.
The F-35B is 51.3 feet long, has a
wingspan of 35 feet, weight is 32,300
pounds empty, has a range of 900 nmi,
and a combat radius of 469 nmi.
An F-35B can do vertical landings as
the jet nozzles are adjustable. The
nozzles were designed to spread the
output in an oval pattern as opposed
to circular to limit the damage to the
asphalt decks of Aircraft Carriers.
The Marine Corps expect to declare
initial operating capability with 50
F-35Bs sometime in 2014-1015.
The Marines are planning to use these
jets on unimproved surfaces at austere
bases and also at special high-temperature
Comments are always welcome.