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    F-35B STOVL DT-III Wrap Up Video - F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6)

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    Video by Matthew Short 

    F-35 Lightning II Pax River ITF   

    PACIFIC OCEAN (NOV. 17, 2016) The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) wrapped up its third and final developmental test phase (DT-III) of the F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on Nov. 17. The Pax River ITF’s highly diverse cadre of technicians, maintainers, engineers, logisticians, support staff and test pilots embarked aboard USS America with two F-35B aircraft from Air Test & Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on Oct. 28 to conduct F-35B carrier suitability and integration testing. During the three week detachment, the Pax River ITF completed the F-35B Launch and Recovery Bulletin for the fleet, attained the F-35B’s final flight clearances for operating from L-Class ships, and achieved 126 Vertical Landings (VL)s, 128 Short Take Offs (STO)s, and two Vertical Take Offs (VTO)s across 60 flights that logged 53.5 flight hours during sea states that routinely featured +/- 5.5 degrees of roll and +/- 2 degrees of pitch. The F-35B STOVL DT-III lays the groundwork for upcoming U.S. Marine Corps F-35B deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships beginning in 2018. Also conducting F-35B operations aboard USS America with the Salty Dogs of VX-23 were Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 from Edwards AFB, California and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 from MCAS Yuma, Arizona. (U.S. Navy Video by Matthew Short & Jeff Patnaude/Released)



    Date Taken: 11.17.2016
    Date Posted: 11.29.2016 09:42
    Category: Package
    Video ID: 495438
    VIRIN: 161117-N-SO019-001
    Filename: DOD_103884045
    Length: 00:04:59
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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