F-35Bs may fly combat missions in 2018

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The F-35B jet may see action this year as models of the plane will reportedly be deployed to watercraft in potential conflict hotspots.

According to Marine Corp Times, the jet will join U.S. Marine vessels in the Pacific and Middle East.

Engadget reports that the F-35B is noted for its technological prowess, in particular short takeoff and vertical landing (STVOL) process. This allows it to operate from vessels and bases with not built, or unable to accomodate for current aircraft.

Engadget reports that the Marines plans to purchase 353 models of the b-variant and 67 of the aircraft carrier oriented c-variant.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. F-35B flying
2. F-35B taking off from ship
3. Distance F-35B can fly with payload
4. Number of F-35 models U.S. Marine Corp plans to purchase

VOICEOVER (in English):

"According to Marine Corp Times, the F-35B will join U.S. Marine vessels in the Pacific and Middle East."

"The F-35B is noted for its its short takeoff and vertical landing capability."

"This allows it to fly from bases unable to accomodate planes as well as ships and vessels not built for conventional fighter jets."

"Compared to the F-35A, the B's fuel tank is one third smaller to make room for vertical take off components."

"The plane can fly at mach 1.6, holds a 7.0 maximum g-rating and can carry a 6,800-kilogram payload."

"With payload, it can fly with that ordinance for up to 513 miles, or just 33 miles farther than the 480-mile distance between New York City and Detroit."

"Engadget reports that the Marines plan to purchase 353 models of the B-variant and 67 of the aircraft carrier-oriented C-variant.


SOURCES: Marine Corp Times, Engadget
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2017/12/22/new-in-2018-f-35b-baptism-of-fire/
https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/01/f-35-may-see-combat-in-2018/