The US Marine Corps, in preparation for future conflicts in the Indo-Pacific region, landed a fifth-generation F-35B Lightning II fighter jet on an old highway in California.
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The road, about 15 metres wide, became the runway for the F-35B fighter jet. The aircraft landed, after which specialists replenished the fuel supply and loaded weapons. The co-pilot then got into the cockpit and flew away.
The Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey convertible and a Navy NH-60R Seahawk helicopter were on the highway for a small exercise. The Osprey carried GBU-53/B II/Stormbreaker bombs and AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles.
The convertible also delivered a co-pilot, fuel for the F-35B and an MK-46 torpedo for the Seahawk helicopter. All of this was monitored by the US Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper multi-role unmanned aerial vehicle.
Source: The War Zone