F-35B tested for use on British, Italian aircraft carriers

June 24, 2015 9:13 PM

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F-35B tested for use on British, Italian aircraft carriers

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., June 24 (UPI) -- The short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter has successfully been launched from a ski jump at a U.S. Naval Air Station.

The test at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland was to evaluate its compatibility with British and Italian aircraft carriers, which are shorter than U.S. Navy carriers and which use a ramp for take offs as an alternative to the use of catapults, said the spokesman for a F-35 Joint Program Office.

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