Friday, June 01, 2012

200th flight for the first F-35B

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk flies a mission May 10 in F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-1. The mission expanded the aircraft’s flight envelope in short takeoff and vertical landing mode, and was the 200th flight for the aircraft. The F-35B is the variant of the Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps, capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

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  1. Only the 200th flight? Losers. I'll bet it had to use engines to get airborne. Next they'll be saying this thing can land vertically and provide close air support. What we need are more Super Hornets -- with its tail hook and landing gear and cockpit and gray paint and stuff. Now that's the plane to take the US Marines into the 21 century.

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