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1st night takeoff and landing for the F-35B

The F-35 B Lightning II is completing further testing in view of its future operations. As aircrafts may be required to fly by night, the F-35B started first short takeoff and vertical landing. The test was mainly done to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations. The following tests will be at sea therefore pilots and crews needed to make sure the helmet and lightning were good. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as F-35 international partners in the United Kingdom and Italy. The F-35B is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings to enable air power projection from amphibious ships, ski-jump aircraft carriers and expeditionary airfields. The F-35B has conducted approximately 700 short takeoffs and completed more than 380 vertical landings including the first operational vertical landing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. As the threat environment becomes more sophisticated, the STOVL F-35B will enable the Marine Air ground Task Force to project power from amphibious ships as well as austere expeditionary airfields across the entire range of military operations. The first nighttime vertical landing represents the continued success of the program as well as the completion of yet another milestone towards realizing the full capabilities of the F-35B.

f-35 night landing

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