When landed, the player may press Move forward to quickly gain enough altitude for forward flight (which may cause issues if the gunship is in a confined space). The same action in mid-air does not alter altitude. Thrust level can be lowered in either flight mode by releasing all movement keys.
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To engage hover mode in the F-35 while in forward flight, the player must hold Move backward while near the ground (which normally activates the landing gear on any jet). Keys/buttons assigned to Pitch up/down are used to control throttle, while the mouse/joystick is used to pitch up or down.
To return to forward flight, it may be necessary to use afterburners and/or upward thrust to maintain altitude.