Thursday, March 18, 2010
F135 Engine achieves 1st short takeoff and hover
From Defense News: "The aircraft hovered for about 96 seconds," said Chris Geisel, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin. "It then went up and down and turned right and left to check maneuverability before coming in for a slow 70 knot landing."
Graham Tomlinson, F-35 lead STOVL pilot, slowed the aircraft in flight from 200 knots, first to 60 knots, then to zero.