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originally posted by: MKMoniker
a reply to: Zaphod58
This is still a HIGHLY-advanced fighter jet,that can even fly in close formation while performing a short takeoff/vertical landing:
(Feb.2014) F-35B CAN TAKEOFF/LAND IN CLOSE FORMATION
"The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries."
(THREE distinct variants, huh? Methinks the "B" model might be a little more than just "lift-fans," which is why it was chosen for the side-by-side lift-off/landing Demo.)