Watch The F-35B Hover For The First Time

  • Nov 3, 2014 4:50am GMT

Lockheed-Martin released this video Friday, Oct. 31st saying, "For the first time in the history of the F-35 program, our test pilots performed a hover in a B-model aircraft at the Fort Worth, Texas F-35 factory." The act of remaining in one place in the air, flying stationary just above the ground before landing, the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant now brings the ability to hover in the form a supersonic, stealthy fighter jet. Its made possible through the Rolls-Royce patented shaft-driven LiftFan® propulsion system and an engine that can swivel 90 degrees when in short takeoff/vertical landing mode. Rolls-Royce is subcontracted to Pratt & Whitney on the F135 engine to provide the Lift System for the Lightning II. Read more about how it works here at this link.

Photo/Video: Lockheed-Martin