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The Unparalleled F-35B: Seamlessly Shifting from Jet Mode to Helicopter Mode at Top Speed

I work on F-35s as a career. The B variant typically avoids vertical takeoffs as it can compromise the surface below, risking damage and propelling debris into the aircraft and engine inlets. As seen in the video, a short takeoff run is almost always executed for the F-35B. It can, however, land vertically, which requires less thrust.

This is a revision of a previous comment where I stated the B model could not perform vertical takeoffs. After reading comments here, watching VTOL videos, and consulting with the engineer who informed me of this long ago, I have updated this comment. I was also told that current operational procedures prohibit vertical takeoffs unless a specified surface is present beneath the jet. So, I was mistaken.

I can’t believe I’m actually a 1/300,000,000th part owner of this incredible aircraft! I just wish I could utilize it more frequently. And honestly, given their expense and complexity, what are the chances this aircraft will ever actually employ those guns against another plane in flight?

Due to their high cost, I imagine the Navy simply avoids any real danger and sends in the reliable F-16s to handle the actual combat. Think of how much taxpayer money has been invested in this experiment.

This state-of-the-art ground support aircraft, piloted by a MARINE, offers exceptional ground support! It would make me feel more secure in a H๏τ combat zone with a couple of Marines overhead! GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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