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F-35B performs first launch from ski-jump ramp

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jun 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 06:56:19-04

The F-35B has marked another milestone – this time the first launch of the aircraft from a ski-jump ramp.

BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete ‘Wizzer’ Wilson launched the plane from a land-based ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on June 19th.

The launch tests simulate a  ski-jump ramp similar to that which will be used on Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, according to The Aviationist.

Ski-jump ramps on aircraft carrier help the launching plane take off with an upward flight path. Italy’s Cavour aircraft carrier is also equipped with a ski-jump and will receive F-35Bs to replace its Harriers.