USAF Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, the first dedicated F-35A demo pilot, puts the Lightning II through it’s paces over Miami Beach during the Hyundai Air & Sea Show May 26, 2019.
It’s interesting to watch the control surfaces moving on the jet as Capt. Olson moves the F-35's side stick with his right hand and works the throttle with his left. At 4:04, he reaches across and holds the stick with both hands, but it’s unclear why. The demo is part of a full-court press by the Air Force to improve the image of the most expensive aircraft ever procured by the US military. The Aviationist has a good piece about the PR campaign.
Back in January, during preparation for the show season, Capt. Olson pulled off this impressive “falling leaf” maneuver in his F-35A. This is a great demonstration of the power coming from the single Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan, which can provide up to 45,000 pounds of thrust with afterburner. Who needs thrust vectoring?