Weapons of War

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    PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – On June 14, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an asymmetric weapons load. Cmdr. Eric Buus flew BF-2 with an AIM-9X Sidewinder inert missile on the starboard pylon, a centerline 25 mm gun pod, and a GBU-32 and AIM-120 in the starboard weapon bay. Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is in progress, including fit checks, captive carriage environment characterization, and pit drops. Aerial weapons separation testing is scheduled for this summer.

    The F-35B is the variant of the Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps, capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.
    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

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    1. tzasam18 22 months ago | reply

      Sick. Now straighten up and fly right. :)

    2. thepretenda 22 months ago | reply

      what about BF3? Trolololololo!

    3. BCFCapt [deleted] 22 months ago | reply

      Just fantastic. Thank you!

    4. hommerich 21 months ago | reply

      Screwed up plane...Col.John Boyd would have prevented it.

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