Watch an F-35 launch off a ramp in preparation for operations on the UK’s new aircraft carrier

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The Red Arrows fly over HMS Illustrious near RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus during display practice in 2008.
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As the UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth nears full combat readiness, pilots are testing out the F-35B for takeoff from the carrier’s “ski-jump” platform.

With its massive lift fan, the US Marine Corps’ F-35B can takeoff from a flat-deck carrier in a short distance and land vertically, but with the Queen Elizabeth’s ski-jump platform, the F-35B can takeoff with heavier load outs and more fuel.

In rough seas, when the Queen Elizabeth may pitch and roll violently, the ski-jump platform can ad margins of safety compared to US-style flat deks, IHS Janes reports.

In the video below, watch an F-35B laden with air-to-air and air-to-ground bombs flawlessly take off from a ramp in preparation for deployment on the Queen Elizabeth.