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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Video: In Attempt at True VTOL, F-35 Makes Shortest, Slowest Landing Yet
From Popular Science:
To perfect the vertical and short takeoff and landing ability of the F-35 Lightning II, test pilots have been taking off and landing at progressively shorter distances and slower speeds, building up to the final, true vertical boost. And today, engine manufacturers Pratt and Whitney released video of the slowest, shortest takeoff and landing yet, in which the jet cruises to a stop at 130 knots.