Lockheed Martin F-35B completes first night vertical landing

By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The government's Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed its first vertical lading at night aboard the USS Wasp.

The F-35B's ability to land on an aircraft carrier without requiring a hook to prevent it from sailing off is the craft's most unique feature.

The USS Wasp left the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Md. on Aug. 12 with two F-35Bs on board to conduct 18 days of ship trials.

"Pilots will expand the F-35Bs allowable wind envelope for launch and recovery, conduct first-ever night operations at sea, conduct initial mission systems evaluations at sea, evaluate the dynamic interface associated with aircraft operations on a moving flight deck, and further evaluate shipboard sustainment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter," said the US Marine Corps.

A U.S. Marine Corps test pilot performed the first night-time vertical landing on August, 13.

You can watch a clip of the landing below.

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