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On April 2, 2013, USMC test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift completed the F-35B's first nighttime vertical landing, in order to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions during nighttime operations. The F-35B variant is the STOVL (Short Take-Off Vertical Landing) variant being purchased for use by the US Marines to replace its aging fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornets (air superiority fighter), EA-6B Prowlers (electronic warfare aircraft), and A/V-8B Harriers (STOVL ground attack aircraft).
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