Video clip shows an F-35 fighter aircraft executing a vertical takeoff and flip.
1. F35 takes off vertically and does a controlled 360 degree flip and then takes off into the distance.
2. This guy clearly has brass balls and you know the sailors on the flight deck had a cow when they saw this unfold in front of them. This is an unbelievable! F-35 unintentional loop at takeoff a real "check your laundry" event.
A supremely well-trained US Navy pilot, ice running in his veins instead of blood (AND SCARED SHITLESS!), fully regains control of his $70 million, F-35 joint strike force fighter, after a problematic vertical take-off attempt... Watch as the rear vertical thruster fires to cause the problem.
There's nothing about this the pilot enjoys. If he could have ejected at 100' upside down and lived, he would have. Looks like the afterburner kicks in while still vectored for vertical takeoff. Lockheed would call this a "software malfunction" and do a little more "regressive testing". This is a good demonstration of power-to-weight ratio of this aircraft! And talk about stability control...
If he didn't come out of the loop wings-level, it probably would have been bad news; maybe taking some of the carrier with him! Add to this flying through your own exhaust, which can lead to equipment malfunctions, as in "flame out". The F-35 is single engine aircraft with vertical takeoff/landing capability, but it has the aerodynamics of a Steinway piano at zero airspeed. This is the most unbelievable piece of flying you will ever see in your life.
This Guy deserves a Medal for saving a 70 Million Dollar Aircraft! You'll watch it at least 2 times!
3. This is amazing footage of an F-35 doing a flip right off a carrier deck. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multirole aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short takeoff and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant. This airplane weighs about 40,000 (not quite fully loaded) so you can imagine what kind of thrust the engine is capable of. The bird needs to be able to be very agile in its support roles, as you will see. Help with funding to develop and produce this plane came from England, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Norway, and Denmark.
Hoax or Fact:
The video circulating widely online claims to show an F-35 fighter aircraft executing a vertical takeoff and a controlled 360 degree flip. The video on YouTube claiming to show this amazing feat of an F-35 gathered millions of viewers on social networking websites. The claim is not a fact though!
About F-35 Aircrafts
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, military observation, and air defense missions with stealth capability. F-35B is capable of short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) maneuvers, but not to the extent shown in the video - flipping through 360°. The second video shows one such F-35B STOVL flight.
About the Video
The video in question appears real at the first glance, but a close look at it will reveal certain flaws that it is not so. The unreal quality of the graphics in the video and the health/ammunition status indicators in the bottom left and right hand corners of the screen suggest that the video is part of a game. The F-35 clip is in fact a sequence from the video game Battlefield 2, an example of which is shown in third video. Battlefield 2 offers gamers the latest, most technologically advanced vehicles and weapons systems.
So the video claiming to show a clip of an F-35 executing a vertical takeoff and 360° flip is not real; it is just a sequence of the video game Battlefield 2. Internet is platform where silly but 'interesting' stories like these gather much attention. You can read few such stories below.