F-35B Lightning II Aircraft land aboard USS America for Developmental Test Phase III


161103-N-VR008-0424 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2016) Marines assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) attach a test bomb to an F-35B Lightning II aircraft on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) to test the F-35B with full armament during take-off and flight. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant is the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft. America, with VMX-1, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) embarked, are underway conducting operational testing and the third phase of developmental testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, respectively. The tests will evaluate the full spectrum of joint strike fighter measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Goldberg/Released)

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