F-35B Doing a Ski Jump Launch for the First Time in History and Vertical Landing Demonstration

The F-35 Lightning II (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF) is a multirole aircraft project conceived and developed by the Pentagon since 1996 by manufacturer Lockheed Martin, with the principal partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Launched with the idea to equip the same device three air components of the US military (USAF, US Navy and US Marine Corps), a NATO dozen were invited to participate in its funding and its realization. This aircraft should be produced to over 2,000 copies and distributed mainly in the United States, Canada and the UK.

The development program, which did not provide a series of prototypes, has already accumulated a significant delay (7 years) compared to initial7 schedule and over budget estimated at 68% in July 2014. Seven years after theft in 2007 the first production model, none of the 131 purchased and delivered equipment is not yet operational, and the manufacturer recognizes the existence of numerous technical problems.

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