F-35B nighttime short takeoff and vertical landing

Published at 12:22 p.m. on August 19, 2013 | Modified at 9:16 p.m. on August 19, 2013

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - 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 time operations.

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