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Sailors prepare an F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft prepares for flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 14, 2016) Sailors prepare an F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft prepares for flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). During the third and final F-35B developmental test phase (DT-III), the aircraft is undergoing envelope expansion via a series of launches and recoveries in various operating conditions such as high sea states and high winds. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

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