The first flight of Lockheed Martin's short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) version of its Joint Strike Fighter will be a vertical liftoff at Palmdale, Calif., and is expected to take place some time next month. Lockheed Martin's JSF concept demonstrator program has differed considerably from competitor Boeing's program, but nowhere is this more apparent than with the companies' two very different approaches to vertical flight. Each company has designed its STOVL aircraft ...


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