Videos: F-35B Operational Test Trials-Success!
Sorry folks the video is flash, so can’t embed it.
During OT-1, actual Marines — not test overseers — are operating the six F-35Bs that embarked May 18 for the tests; this includes pilots and maintainers. During DT (developmental testing), we got to see firsthand the first vertical landing and short takeoff at sea, but in OT-1, the Marines are demonstrating a cadence to operations to gain confidence the single-engine, stealthy fighters can assimilate into an air wing onboard the amphibious ship, which will include other platforms: the MV-22, CH-53E/K, AH-W/Z and unmanned air systems among them. This is all leading up to the operational debut of the F-35B, slated in July.
This is a long video — 8 plus minutes. But, if you stick with it, here’s what you’ll see. And, a word of caution. Turn down your speakers or headphones, or grab a cranial. It’s very loud.
F-35B taxis from parking and preps for takeoff (a DV is giving the pilot signals — you can see him in blue next to the yellow shirt at far right).
1:19: Notice when the lift fan doors open and nozzle angles down (the scorch marks are from repeated take offs at this 400 ft. position).