Fighter Aircraft F-35 Vertical Takeoff and Flip Video: Fact Check

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F35 Vertical Takeoff and Flip Video


Video clip shows an F-35 fighter aircraft executing a vertical takeoff and flip.

Other Versions

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. Read more..

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.

Facts Analysis:

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!

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F35 Vertical Takeoff and Flip Video

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 video below shows one such F-35B STOVL flight.

About the Video: F-35 Vertical Takeoff and Flip

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 video below. 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 vertical takeoff and 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.

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