F-35B makes night vertical landing on-board USS Wasp

F-35B phase II testing aboard USS WaspA spectacular shot of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter as it lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the jet’s second set of sea trials for the type. This photo was taken on August 14 by Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe (excellent work!). The F-35B sea-trials will run 18 days on-board the massive warship. Read the full story here.

5 Responses to F-35B makes night vertical landing on-board USS Wasp

  1. Albert 17 August, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    What’s with the conventional landing? Will they produce smaller aircraft carriers for F-35? If not so, vertical landing is just waste of money. Meantime have a look at some great F-35 photos: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Pictures

  2. Harold 17 August, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    What’s with the conventional landing to the carriers. Will they produce new ones smaller (I mean the carriers)? If not so, vertical landing is just waste of money. You can see cool photos of F-35 JSF:
    http://savas-ucaklari1.blogspot.com/2010/07/f-35-joint-strike-fighter-resimler.html

  3. Puppethead 18 August, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    If you’re talking about the picture, then with the exhaust plume pointing down like that, it is clearly NOT of an arrested landing – for one thing you’d be melting your hook!

    If you’re talking about the concept, then VSTOL is used to make fast jets compatible with smaller/dual-rôle carriers, eg SCS (Principe de Asturias) types or amphibious assault ships, where it is not feasible to fit catapults/arrestor gear/full landing strip.

    To date this has come with significant performance penalties vs land-based fast jets – these will be significantly reduced with the introduction of the F-35B (mostly down to payload/range issues, as general flight performance – speed, manoeuvrability – will be similar to the other F-35 variants).

    CATOBAR ships/aircraft have the advantage of much heavier possible launch weights, and much less design complications with regards landing – but also require much higher levels of training (1 Sqn RAF could never have reinforced the Falklands Task Force so quickly if full CARQUALs were required), training support (eg a T-45 fleet), and – at base – bigger ships, whilst the CATOBAR weather operating limits are tighter than VSTOL.

    Yes, the US Navy has smaller carriers in production (LHAs USSs America and Tripoli), but a) these are also assault ships, where the F-35Bs will be working around the Ospreys, helicopters and troops, and b) they are still the same size as the French CATOBAR CVN Charles de Gaulle (which is slightly longer, whilst a little lighter and faster).

    In a balanced US fleet, both the CVNs and LHAs have their place – remove one capability or the other, and the US military’s ability to function will be noticeably reduced.

  4. Joel Godston 19 August, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Those Navy pilots are crazy; but VERY good. Any pilot who land on a ‘postage stamp’ that is going up and down has to be crazy and VERY good….My hat is off to them from an Air Force and MassANG who flew Piper cubs, T-28′s, T-birds, B-47′s, F-84′s, F-86′s, and Cessna 182′s over the past 55 plus years.

  5. Qahe r313 21 August, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi, your site is interesting ( in my opinion of course ) I had to say a few words …
    It is very strong and the Russian , European and American fighter “beautiful” are. However, their performance should be considered as well .Iran Iran 30 years ago, I know you still got it , but I must say that even at that time (1980 ) the whole world with empty hands ( on top of the surface, America and Iraq ) did not fight the power , not the fame afraid their modern equipment and Sean . yourself now that you know where and what was Iran .
    I suggest you read about the War of 1980 . Either way , now is the time for peace and communicate all the countries want peace and save as much as conventional having these things are not good .
    Hagh pirooz ast .good time…

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