The first Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing stealth fighter takes off (conventionally) from Lockheed Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas
The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II STOVL stealth fighter
The first aircraft in history to combine stealth with short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) capability and supersonic speed has been delivered to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., where it will conduct its first hovers and vertical landings. The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II STOVL stealth fighter will replace U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B STOVL fighters, F/A-18 strike fighters and EA-6B electronic attack aircraft, and will also be used by the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and the Italian Air Force and Navy.
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