As Lockheed Martin readies for the imminent start of shipboard trials with the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, test pilots have given high marks to the jet's vertical-landing handling characteristics, though they caution that more work is needed to mitigate the effects of hot gas reingestion. Test results from ongoing F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) evaluation at NAS Patuxent River, Md., have “been phenomenal,” says Pete Wilson, BAE Systems lead pilot for the Stovl test ...

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