Pilot completes U.K.’s first vertical landing in an F-35B
After traveling about 345 mph, the F-35B slowed to a halt in the sky and hovered a couple hundred feet in the air. With the aid of super-powered propulsion, it lowered to the ground; a swooping hawk transformed into an agile hummingbird.
A United Kingdom instructor pilot, Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, 35, had just completed his country’s first vertical landing in an F-35B at Eglin Air Force Base.
U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.