PHOTO: F-35B engages clutch

I’m taking a break from my quick holiday to post another new photo released by Lockheed Martin. It shows the BF-1 flight test aircraft engaging the lift fan propulsion system for the first time. (Click on the image to download the high-resolution file.)

STOVL first in-flight transition 7 january Lockheed Martin photo.jpgPhoto: Andy Wolfe/Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin released the statement below:


The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter engages its short takeoff/vertical landing propulsion system in flight for the first time, near Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on Jan. 7. F-35 Lead STOVL Pilot Graham Tomlinson said afterward that the aircraft flew smoothly with the STOVL system engaged and was very easy to control.

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4 Responses to PHOTO: F-35B engages clutch

  1. Bjørnar Bolsøy 9 January, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Have to say it’s a beauty.

    Happy holidays!

    B. Bolsøy
    Oslo

  2. aeroxavier 9 January, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    yeah beauty plane

  3. Bjørnar Bolsøy 11 January, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Good news for the programme and whish all the best for the comming dozen, or so, transition flights. Have to say she looks rather good, too. ;)

    B. Bolsøy
    Oslo

  4. holiday rentals 13 January, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Just seen on the news about Haiti – very sad, my prayers are with them.

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