BAE Systems Test Pilot Launches an F-35B From a Ski Jump for the First Time Ever

By: | June 26th, 2015

BAE Systems test pilot Peter Wilson recently performed the first ever launch of an F-35B from a land-based ski jump ramp.

The jump took place on June 19th at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and was designed to prove the Lockheed Martin F-35B’s ability to take off safely and effectively from a ramp similar to the one that will be used on the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Ski-jump ramps aboard aircraft carriers are all the rage lately because they aid in launching a plane on takeoff with an upward flight path.

Besides the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, Italy’s Cavour aircraft carrier also features a ski-jump for jets.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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