F-35B First Vertical Take Off Video
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin says their F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II test aircraft completed the first-ever Vertical Takeoff (VTO) of the F-35B variant on 10 May 2013. The location was Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, according to the statement issued by Lockheed.
According to Lockheed, while not a combat capability, VTOs are required for fielding the F-35B. For example, for repositioning of the STOVL in environments where a jet could not perform a short takeoff. In that scenario an F-35B Lightning II carrying a reduced fuel load would execute a VTO to relocate a short distance.