The USMC F-35B STOVL Lands Vertically

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Oct 14, 2008 • References: & gizmodo
It’s hard to watch this video of the F-35B STOVL Joint Strike Fighter and not think of the word ‘badass.’ The military loves their acronyms, and STOVL stands for Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing, one of the aircraft’s key features. This variant of the F-35B will be rolled out for the US Marine Corps and the UK Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

Designing a fighter plane with the capability to basically hover is no simple task. The F-35B features a shaft-driven lift fan--made by none other than Rolls-Royce--to help with the crucial ratio of vertical lift and weight that allows the aircraft to land vertically.

The F-35B is currently in an 86% scale operating model stage. There is a ton of testing that must be completed before the F35B can be officially rolled out, but from the looks of this video, the fighter jet will be worth the wait. Stats for Military Transformers Trending: Older & Warm
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