When the Lockheed Martin F-35B lifted off for the first time on June 11, it was an outward sign of an inner shift in the program, a growing confidence that the Joint Strike Fighter is finally and firmly on a schedule that is executable and can be used by international customers to begin planning their purchases. Aircraft BF-1 is not only the first short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) ­­F‑35B, it is also the first production-representative JSF with a weight-optimized airframe that ...

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