An F-35B Lightning II completed the first short takeoff and vertical landing during a test mission at night to expand the flight envelope and deliver capability to the warfighter. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night operations.The test was one of a series of events being conducted to prepare for the second of three scheduled at-sea test periods during the development program.
"The F-35B will enable the Marine Corps to preserve its expeditionary nature and bring the next generation of war fighting capabilities to the Joint Force," said Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation.
Footage courtesy of F-35 Integrated Test Force, Patuxent River, Md.
This must be a new (within three years) craft because I've never heard of the F35B III until now. Looks like a more high tech and easier to fly/ maneuver version of the Harrier. I like how the video was shot with a NODs lense though and I liked as well that protrusion that looked to me like a stabilizer fin. Good to know we're still producing next-gen aircraft that surpass our previous machines.