F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing On USS WASP
Ship Suitability Testing
The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant completed ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) off the coast of Virginia in October 2011. Combined, F-35B test aircraft BF-2 and BF-4 accomplished 72 short takeoffs and 72 vertical landings during the three-week testing period.
The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard.