The first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing
version of the F-35, or F-35B, assembled outside the United States rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.
The short take-off/vertical landing
version for aircraft carriers was 3,000lbs (1.
In Mode 4 operations, the short take-off/vertical landing
propulsion system is engaged, the lift fan, roll post nozzle, and three-bearing-swivel nozzle are operating, and all propulsion system doors and inlets are open.
The polymer matrix composite (PMC) braces will be incorporated into the main landing gear for the F-35 conventional take-off/landing (CTOL) and short take-off/vertical landing
(STOVL) variants, says Fokker.
Three versions of the JSF are planned: the conventional take-off and landing variant for the US Air Force, the US Navy's carrier variant (CV), and the short take-off/vertical landing
(Stovl) version for the US Marine Corps.
Four B-models, the short take-off/vertical landing
(STOVL) variant of the F-35, are scheduled to take to the skies at Farnborough, considered an important showcase which draws aircraft.