The flip top on the dorsal side of this F-35B isn't a cockpit canopy. It's the cover for the lift fan that helps give this variant of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, designed in part by Lockheed's Skunk Works, its STOVL (short takeoff and vertical landing) capabilities. Here we see an F-35B lift up from the flight deck of the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship, during testing in October 2011.
June 23, 2013 8:45 AM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Rivard