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Video shows F-35B performing first Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing 

Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing allows the F-35B to carry heavier loads back aboard the warship

Taken on Oct. 14, 2018 the interesting video in this post shows an F-35B performing a Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) method for the first time aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

This approach to land allows the jet to carry heavier loads back aboard the warship.

According to Save The Royal Navy, during SRVL the aircraft approaches the ship directly from behind at relatively low speed. A combination of thrust from its nozzle and lift-fan and lift created by air over the wings allows it to land with up to 7000lbs greater all up weight (UAW).

This print is available in multiple sizes from – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-35B Lightning II VMFA-121 Green Knights, VK00, 169164 / 2015

Noteworthy the UK is the only nation currently planning to use SRVL although the U.S. Marine Corps is following developments closely as its aircraft are likely to be frequently embarked aboard the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. USMC Test pilot, Major Michael Lippert is on board and commented “This is one of the main reasons we are here. It is of interest to the service at large and we are learning from each other. I will have the honour of conducting the first SRVL at sea for the US military so I’m excited. It’s what we all join up for – this is truly experimental test flying.”

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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