The F-35B short-takeoff/vertical-landing version of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is to start sea trials on the USS Wasp this month. It costs more than the F-35A and F-35C and has lower performance, so the U.S. Marine Corps and its allies have mounted a public-relations offensive focusing on its advantages: the ability to fly off Navy amphibious ships and use small airfields with short runways like its predecessor, the AV-8B Harrier. Navy construction specifications ...

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