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We know the F-35B Lightning II can take off, hover, and land, but we've yet to see it do so at sea. That changes today, after Aviación reporter Amy Butler witnessed the Marine Corps' STOVL fighter doing its thing aboard the USS Wasp.

Butler was on board the Wasp with a number of other reporters for the F-35B's first-ever operational test, which marks the first time actual Marines, rather than test overseers, were at the controls. While Butler got to see the plane in action, the operational test was about more than flight, saying, "the Marines are demonstrating a cadence to operations to gain confidence the single-engine, stealthy fighters can assimilate into an air wing onboard the amphibious ship, which will include other platforms."

Check out the video of the F-35 aboard the Wasp, up top.

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