Watch The Navy’s Badass New Stealth Land On An Aircraft Carrier For The First Time
U-S-A! U-S-A! If trumpeter Chris Botti’s version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before Monday Night Football didn’t bring you to tears, this video of the Navy’s new F-35C Lightning II stealth fighter jet landing on an aircraft carrier for the first time will. Here’s what the Navy says about the jet in a statement:
The F-35C combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fused targeting, cutting-edge avionics, advanced jamming, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. With a broad wingspan, reinforced landing gear, ruggedized structures and durable coatings, the F-35C is designed to stand up to harsh shipboard conditions while delivering a lethal combination of fighter capabilities to the fleet.
The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings and joint task forces and will complement the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy’s premier strike fighter.
By 2025, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft.
The successful recovery of the F-35C represents a step forward in the development of the Navy’s next generation fighter and reinforces Navy-industry partnership goals to deliver the operational aircraft to the fleet in 2018.
The Freedom boner is at full mast. Damn that sure is a pretty steel bird. ‘Murica!