Test Pilot of the U.S. Marine Corps for the first time carried out a night landing fighter with short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B on the deck of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, reports flightglobal.com. Landing fulfilled Colonel SR (CR Clift).
Second series of sea trials began on March 12 fighter, landing made on August 14. «Everything went very well. In one night, missed 8 of successful landings, because we are very optimistic about the prospects for training pilots combatant, «he says.
The program is designed for 18 days. During the tests will be expanded the boundaries of acceptable wind during landing and take-off, held the first in the history of F-35B applets to perform all night flight evaluation criteria and behavior of the aircraft when landing on the move around the surface characteristics of the storage in the hangar, reports United management applets F- 35. Then it will be made the third step of sea trials (the first step was completed in October 2011). F-35B fighter composed USMC must gain the status initial operational capability in October 2015.
In the process of performing the first step of sea trials revealed that UDC «Wasp» in need of some improvements for the reception and take-off F-35B. As a result, the ship received a new composite deck coating with high temperature strength from exposure to the gas jet fighter engine. It was also decided that some signal lights and sensors on the ship to be moved to new locations.