First F-35 British STOVL Vertical Landing


03/05/2014: Footage of RAF pilot Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols performing the first uniformed British STOVL operation in the F-35 Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base.

 Credit: Hurlburt Field : 2/27/14

 And a piece by Lauren Sage Reinlie published 2/25/14

The jet shot through the sky, as jets tend to do, until the sleek hunk of metal defied convention — it stopped.

After traveling about 345 mph, the F-35B slowed to a halt in the sky and hovered a couple hundred feet in the air.

With the aid of super-powered propulsion, it lowered to the ground; a swooping hawk transformed into an agile hummingbird….