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Greens -- marking a major milestone launching their first ever test flight.
For the media of the new F 35 jet.
This supersonic flying machine is said to be the next generation for US and NATO forces in our Jennifer Griffin.
Got an up close and personal look she joins us live from the Pentagon what are these things like.
We thought that as lawmakers were discussing deficit reduction that the reduction on Capitol Hill.
And that they're so much talk and some of the plants of cutting 800 billion dollars over ten years from the defense budget that we would take a look at the Pentagon.
Largest acquisition -- the state of the art.
-- F 35 beat -- marine version of that joint strike fighter its fifth generation it's being developed to replace the Harrier jet which will no longer be flying in about ten years time I'm told.
We traveled to naval air station protects it river to get a glimpse of an F 35 B in flight.
It is stealth it is supersonic.
And flies faster than mach one the speed of sound but it's expensive more than 100 million dollars a plane and it's four years past its production deadline.
The marine variant manufactured by Lockheed Martin has had so many production problems that then Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Put it on probation before He left the building.
What this plane does that is so out of the ordinary in addition to a short takeoff.
It is capable of a vertical landing just like a helicopter.
It hovers at sixty knots a speed it would just -- would normally -- Why is it needed the Marines say it uses 3000 foot runways for takeoff.
That gives them ten times the options around the world where a similar plane would -- 8000 feet sometimes hard to find in a war zone.
They'll be able -- -- the F 35 B on amphibious ships like the USS kearsarge which was deployed off of Libya and they won't need aircraft carriers.
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