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  • STOVL F-35B Hovers for First Time
    Posted by Graham Warwick 4:46 PM on Mar 17, 2010

    This just in from NAS Patuxent River - the first STOVL F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, aircraft BF-1, completed its first hover today (March 17).

    With the lift system engaged, the aircraft slowed from 150 kt to zero airspeed and hovered at 150ft for 2 minutes, moving up and down and left and right to check hover control. BF-1 then continued to to a short landing.

    A successful hover clears the way for the F-35's first vertical landing.

    Tags: ar99, F-35, JSF, STOVL

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