Watch the F-35B jet make a vertical take-off and landing
Lockheed Martin says the production model of the new jet successfully completed a stationary take-off earlier this month.
The latest round of cutting-edge aerospace technology feels very Zen to me. Much like SpaceX'sVertical Takeoff Vertical Landing vehicle, this Lockheed Martin F-35B jet is capable of vertical take-offs and landings and appears to hover in the air in a sort of meditative state that seems odd for a military fighter.
The first vertical take-off and landing test of the production model was successfully conducted earlier this month and captured in the official video below.
The trade-off for the ability to combine fighter jet awesomeness with the versatility of a helicopter is that the F-35B can't carry as much fuel or arms, meaning it can only be used for relatively short trips.
An earlier version of the jet in use by the Marines performed its first vertical landing in March.
Due to shifting budgets and other, it's not yet clear where the F-35Bs may end up, but the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.K.'s Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, and the Italian Navy are among those that have considered purchasing the cool hover jets at one point or another.
See her in action below.