Geo Lemay May 21, 2013 12:22 AM How would this aircraft land on the Queen Elizabeth carriers if it lacks a tailhook? Mark A May 21, 2013 12:29 AM That ought to warm up the tarmac. Slowburn May 21, 2013 02:10 AM re; Geo LemayThe F-35B is a STVL (Short Takeoff Vertical Landing) it land on 2 columns of air just like it just took off. Atlantide May 21, 2013 07:01 AM That takes one gutsy test pilot, the guy has my full respect! owlbeyou May 21, 2013 09:27 AM Enormous amount of tech to develop the VTO and VL features, but i wonder what their practical uses are in the real world. The vid shows it doing its thing, but i was hoping to see it move forward after hovering. Also, does it use some kind of air braking system to stop before descending? That's a giant expense for when the pilot has to take a quick leak :) AA Cunningham May 21, 2013 10:41 AM "How would this aircraft land on the Queen Elizabeth carriers if it lacks a tailhook?" Geo LemayThe F-35B recovers the same way the Harrier II does, landing vertically."The F-35B is a STVL (Short Takeoff Vertical Landing)(sic) it land on 2 columns of air just like it just took off."SlowburnCorrect acronym is STOVL. Matthew Harden May 21, 2013 03:03 PM Seems like it'd be better to pop the nose up and use the rear jets like a rocket to take off. Gary Tucker May 21, 2013 11:03 PM This white elephant needs to stop and stop now. It is slow, expensive and could be replaced more cheaply by upgrading various US and ally jets or drones in existence. Most experts in all branches of the US armed forces deem in not needed. If its "supply chain" was not farmed out by "congressional district dictates" more than technical dictates it would have been gone long ago. Yet another reason the Military Industrial Complex is out of control. If they can sell enough "tech downed " versions to world wide allies and petro-dictators then perhaps it has a future, but not in the US military. Slowburn May 21, 2013 11:26 PM re; Matthew HardenTail sitters are harder to land and are very difficult to put on the wheels for a horizontal takeoff or need significantly more thrust than the maximum gross weight of the airplane. Workable in a point defense interceptor but impractical in an attack plane.