November 15, 2009 (by Eric L. Palmer) - Update 2 --- BF-1, the first production representative short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Maryland. Source: Graham Warwick of Aviation Week via Twitter. The plan is to start 30 days of testing to build down toward the first vertical landing.
F-35B - STOVL
Graham also reports via Twitter that AF-1, the first production representative F-35A conventional take-off and landing variant (CTOL
) has made its first flight. AF-1 was rolled out 11 months ago in December 2008.
Bob Cox of the Fort Worth Star Telegram has more information
on the AF-1 first flight.