Saturday, April 6, 2013

Meanwhile, at Pax River...

Sure, North Korea seems to have gotten its hands on some top-quality crazy pills. Yes, U.S. employment figures are going through their annual spring swoon. And just across the road--if you live in Hong Kong, anyway--China is killing birds to head off what may or may not be another outbreak of deadly avian flu.

Stay tuned on that last point, by the way. If it ever does become an actual outbreak, expect to see a lot of scenes like this...

Note: in an actual Hong Kong emergency, the sign would be in Chinese, and it would be sterilized six times a day.

... in the 'Kong, and I'll tell you all about it in this space.

But anyway. This post isn't about those things. This post is pure fun, at least if you're an aviation dork like me. The F-35 program, dogged by budget overruns and technical setbacks, appears well on its way to producing one of the most impressive airplanes the world has ever seen. And what's better than a vertical landing video? A vertical landing video filmed with night vision equipment, of course.

She's a beaut, ain't she? So yes--there might be bigger stories out there to consider, but this is one that you don't have to think too hard about just enjoying.

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