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  • STOVL F-35 First Hover - PHOTO
    Posted by Graham Warwick 8:59 PM on Mar 17, 2010

    Lockheed Martin has just released this picture of today's (Mar. 17) first hover by BF-1, the first STOVL F-35B:

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    Photos: Andy Wolfe, Lockheed Martin (click to enlarge)

    The accompanying info says:

    "Today’s flight began with a conventional takeoff before F-35 lead STOVL Pilot Graham Tomlinson initiated conversion to STOVL mode at 200 knots airspeed.  He then slowed the aircraft to 60 knots and flew a decelerating approach to a zero airspeed hover at 150 feet above the runway.  This marked the first free air hover in the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. Upon reaching zero airspeed, the pilot executed test points to confirm the controllability of the aircraft in the hover. After completing all hover test points, the pilot executed a STOVL landing at 70 knots airspeed.  

    Later in the day, BF-1 performed the first F-35 short takeoff.  Matching performance predictions, the F-35B accelerated down the runway in STOVL mode and lifted off at 100 knots using less than 1000 feet of runway." 

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    Tags: ar99, F-35, JSF, STOVL

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