On August 14th, the amazing, hovering F-35B made its first, vertical, at-sea night landing on the USS WASP. We've seen it hover before, and even do a vertical take off, but man, nothing quite compares to the sheer night-vision, sci-fi awesomeness of this clip.
This successful test is just one of many stepping stones on the way to actual deployment, but it's an awesome glimpse into the future, even without the crazy night-vision effects.
The only problem is that Lockheed Martin's video is troublingly silent. We put a soundtrack below. Now just start 'em both up, sit back, and take it all in.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe