F-35Bs begin sea trials aboard Italian Navy aircraft carrier

Two F-35B Lighting II jets landed aboard Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550). Test pilots flew the specially instrumented U.S. F-35Bs from Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Pax River), Maryland, to the Italian Navy flagship, which got underway Sunday, February 28. The F-35B is the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35.

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Marine Corps Maj. Dylan "Bilbo" Nicholas, Pax River F-35 Integrated Test Force, pilots an F-35B to conduct ski jump and vertical landings at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Feb. 9, 2021 (Picture source: US Navy)

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