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Crymlyn Burrows

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Rolls Royce F35B Lift System by Gareth Jones

The F-35B STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft is intended to replace the vertical flight Harrier, which was the world's first operational short-takeoff / vertical-landing fighter. A requirement of the JSF is that it can attain supersonic flight, and a suitable vertical lift system that would not compromise this capability was needed for the STOVL variant. The solution came in the form of the Rolls-RoyceLiftSystem.

Instead of using lift engines or rotating nozzles on the engine fan like the Harrier, the "LiftSystem" has a shaft-driven LiftFan, designed by Lockheed Martin and developed by Rolls-Royce and a thrust vectoring nozzle for the engine exhaust that provides lift and can also withstand the use of afterburners in conventional flight to achieve supersonic speeds.


Rolls-Royce imanaged the overall development and integration programme from its site in Bristol, UK, which is also responsible for the LiftFan turbomachinery, 3BSM and Roll Post designs.


Groups are welcome to attend however please order a ticket per person so we can accurately determin audiance size.

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