Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wasp concludes JSF testing

U.S. Navy photo
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp returned to Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The first F-35B landed on WASP's flight deck Oct. 3, beginning an 18-day test period. During the testing, two F-35B Marine Corps test jets accomplished vertical landings and short take-offs under various conditions. While underway, the world's first supersonic short take-off, vertical landing fighter logged more than 28 hours of flight time and completed 72 short take-offs and 72 vertical landings. (Source: NNS, 10/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center, where training will be done on all variants of the F-35.