At long last, Lockheed Martin has released the video of thefirst F-35B vertical takeoff on 10 May. For whatever reason, NAVAIR and theF-35 Joint Program Office would not clear this for release at the time of theevent.
Anyways, vertical takeoff is a US Marine Corps requirement,however it’s only intended from repositioning the jet where a short takeoff isnot possible. That’s because the F-35B can only do a vertical takeoff whilelightly loaded with about 4,500lbs of gas–meaning it wouldn’t be carrying atactically significant payload.
But then neither does the AV-8B Harrier carry a tacticallysignificant payload when that aircraft performs a vertical takeoff. It’s thesame concept of operations for both jets.