- CPL Andy Benson/MOD
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.