READY TO ROAST: Lockheed Martin’s short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B has finally made it on to the hover pit at Fort Worth where it is being readied for the full-thrust powered-lift ground testing required to clear the aircraft to begin STOVL flight testing. The company expects the pit tests to take about a month, after which the propulsion system data will be analyzed and a flight readiness review conducted. The first vertical landing is now expected to take place in the “late ...


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