I guess if you get to drive this thing, you might still get psyched and ignore the whole constant war vs. third world nations deal.
1st F-35B switches to hover mode (while tied down)
The first production F-35B performed a hover pit test at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, TX on May 25th. The aircraft was tethered to the pit for this test, but it should not be long before we see a vertical takeoff/landing from this amazing machine. I just love watching this thing's metamorphosis from conventional to VSTOL. Maybe it's because I watched too much Transformers when I was a kid.