Refinements to the Lockheed Martin F-35B’s integrated propulsion and flight control will be tested in a second series of sea trials with the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) fighter beginning this week on the USS Wasp. In initial shipboard trials in October 2011, pilots rated the F-35’s handling qualities as Level 1 for short takeoffs (STO) in light crosswinds and for most vertical landings (VL) on the Wasp’s deck. But they degraded to Level 2 for STOs in heavier crosswinds ...
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