first published on August 28, 2018 by Josh
During a milestone event for the F35B, the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the platform, conducted it’s first ever landing on an LHD class warship belonging to the United States Navy. While conducting operations with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, members of the Fighter Attack Squadron 121 completed the first ever vertical landing of the F35B on a naval vessel. This milestone ushers in a new era of Navy-Marine Corps Sea-Based Capabilities with expanded air-based defenses being able to travel further inland in support Marine Corps ground operations.
While the platform itself is still marred by budgetary constraints, and the B class variant suffers from decreased fuel capacity in order to support the systems needed for short takeoff and vertical landing, it boasts and extended weapons package that makes it unmatched in the sky. On top of this upgraded weapons package, the F35B allows 5.5 g and speeds approaching Mach 1.2 with final targets for the platform being 7 g and Mach 1.6.
You can watch the historic vertical landing of an F35B aboard the USS Wasp in the video below, which comes to us courtesy of of the United States Navy and the USS Wasp.