Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighters have conducted 19 night sorties, including short takeoffs (STO) and vertical landings (VL) on the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship.

Credit: U.S. Marine Corps
These are among the 94 STOs and 95 VLs conducted thus far in Developmental Testing 2, a follow-on to a set of day-only DT trials in 2011. The trials, slated to end last week, are designed to open the envelope to include night flying around the ship, different approaches and headings for landings and...

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