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Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode for the first time on Feb. 11, 2014. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the aircraft had on each other while in Mode 4 to ensure they can operate in formation safely in an operational environment. The U.S. Marine Corps plans to declare Initial Operating Capability with the F-35B next year.
To learn more about the F-35B and the Joint Strike Fighter program, visit F35.com.