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Watch As F-35B Nails Vertical Landings Aboard USS America


As the U.S. Marine Corps prepares to deploy the F-35B to Iwakuni, Japan, in January, pilots put the fifth-generation fighter to the test in a carrier proof of concept demonstration aboard the USS America Nov. 18-20. Sailors and Marines loaded the large-deck amphibious assault ship with 12 F-35Bs – the most F-35s aboard a ship, ever – two MV-22B Ospreys, one UH-1Y Venom and one AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the three-day exercise off the coast of San Diego, California.

The goal of the demonstration, which included pilot carrier qualifications and a simulated strike operation, is to explore the best ways to integrate a large package of F-35Bs into the Navy-Marine Corps construct, according to officials aboard the ship. Aviation Week hitched a ride on an Osprey to watch the F-35B in action Nov. 19. 

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