F-35C lands on carrier... Doesn't explode!
What? You were expecting it to crash? Explode? Plunge into the watery depths?
Carrier trials would simply not have happened if simulated tests performed on land did not pass with flying colors. Infamously, the F-35C's initial land trials were a bit of a bust. This forced a tailhook redesign.
|There it is.|
The real results likely will not be known until a thorough inspection is done after carrier testing is complete. Also, while the the landing trials will be receiving all the headlines, more mundane tasks need to be tested as well. As it is, the JSF's large single engine and stealth coating may prove to be difficult maintain in a wet and salty environment.
We will have to wait and see.