most VTOL aircraft barely have enough power to vertically take off and land empty. This was true of the Harrier and I believe still holds true for the F-35. also it's more fuel efficient to do a short take off and landing which is why most non US carriers have jump ramps.
F-35B STOVL Transition, Hover, and Return To Forward Flight -...
An edited down version of Tuesday's display at Farnborough. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaSHXR9FPjs) and zoomed in to highlight the STOVL transition, ho...youtube.com
Nov 30, 2021 · 1:37 AM UTC