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F-35 Ski-Jump Launch Test [Video]

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The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first-ever ski jump of an F-35B Lightning II short take-off/vertical-landing (STOVL) variant June 19 from a temporary 10-foot ramp constructed on the runway. During flight 298, BAE test pilot Peter Wilson launched aircraft BF-04 from a land-based ski jump located aboard NAS Patuxent River. ( Mais...

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Bob Harrington 4
Assuming this test is aimed primarily at the Royal Navy and their ramp decks?
Bill Butler 2
And how much ordnance can we get airborne from this skateboard ramp?

Stephen Kennedy 2
I won't be impressed until this overpriced monstrosity does everything it's supposed to do without getting its pilots killed due to design flaws that limit its performance.
Nathan Cox 1
The F-35 doesn't have enough thrust to takeoff without a ramp, or a normal runway? Maybe I'm just behind on the times but isn't there already one that can takeoff like the Harrier?
Colin Fisher 2
I'm assuming the ramp allows it to get airborne quicker using less fuel.


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