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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1395 on: July 23, 2018, 11:11:28 pm »
When will they stop calling it the "most expensive fighter in history"?
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1396 on: July 24, 2018, 12:56:23 pm »
Congress moves to put 90-day hold on F-35 transfers to Turkey

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Two weeks after Defense Secretary James Mattis discouraged US lawmakers from blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin F-35A fighters to Turkey, the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee jointly released details of a compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill that would do just that.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/congress-moves-to-put-90-day-hold-on-f-35-transfers-450616/

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« Reply #1397 on: July 27, 2018, 02:30:48 pm »
Just ran across this and didn't find it in a search of the thread.


http://www.airframer.com/news_story.html?release=41955

GKN Aerospace receives order to increase production of F-35 bulkheads


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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1398 on: July 28, 2018, 05:14:10 am »
Is it correct another five F-35Bs are arriving in the UK next week?

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« Reply #1399 on: July 28, 2018, 04:24:36 pm »
http://airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/July%202018/USAF-to-Deploy-Fifth-Gen-Fighters-to-Europe-Again-This-Summer.aspx?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=

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USAF fifth generation aircraft will come back to the European theater later this summer, US Air Forces in Europe boss Gen. Tod Wolters said Wednesday.

Though Wolters would not say whether the flying training deployment would include F-22s or F-35s, he said “they will work with US and allied forces already in Europe to build on … previous deployments,” and called the integration of fifth generation assets into theater a “game changer.”

“The purpose is to introduce a US fifth-gen capability one more time to the European continent, so we can improve our interoperability with other fifth-gen assets already on the continent and also improve our interoperability with other fourth gen” aircraft in theater, Wolters told reporters during a media roundtable via telephone on Wednesday.

The Royal Air Force last month accepted its first four F-35Bs at RAF Marham, England, which is located about 20 nautical miles from RAF Lakenheath, where USAF will beddown its own F-35As beginning in 2021.

USAF is about halfway through that planning cycle, Lt. Col. Clinton Warner, the F-35 program integration office director at Lakenheath, told Air Force Magazine during a recent visit to the base. He said the Royal Air Force has been pretty busy since they got the jets with the RAF’s centennial celebrations, but his team still meets with them every Friday to discuss lessons learned, some of which have already been incorporated into USAF planning.

“RAF Marham found they were short in electricity, which made us question how we were doing. We found we will be short as well, but we identified that years out,” said Warner.

Marham officials also told USAF they wished they had had a communications plan in place much sooner.  “We took that lesson learned from them and we should have, in the next couple of months, a dedicated communications planner coming here to help us out,” added Warner.

Overall, there are more than $360 million worth of F-35-related construction projects either in the works or in the planning stages at Lakenheath, including everything from a new dining facility to accommodate the 1,244 new uniformed personnel coming to the base (primarily operations and maintenance) to the construction of new hangars, a flight simulator building, and ramp extension for displaced F-15E Strike Eagle parking, said Warner.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1400 on: August 22, 2018, 04:18:04 am »
Various shots of F-35 flying at Edwards during June.  Big bulge seen at 1:45 is Norwegian drag chute fairing.


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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1401 on: August 22, 2018, 02:01:32 pm »
Nobody nose the trouble I've seen......

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20180822/update--spotted-nose-down-on-runway

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EGLIN AFB — An  spotted nose-down on the runway by a motorist passing by on a nearby highway experienced an inflight emergency, according to a press release from the 33rd Fighter Wing.

The pilot returned to base and landed safely. The front nose gear collapsed after the plane was parked, the release said.

Fire crews responded immediately and could also be seen by passing motorists.

The pilot was uninjured.

The extent of damage to the  Lightning II was not immediately available.

The mishap occurred at about 12:50 p.m. on the flightline of Eglin, which shares runways with the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. No commercial traffic was affected by the incident, county officials said.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap is underway.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1402 on: August 23, 2018, 01:01:05 am »
Nobody nose the trouble I've seen......

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20180822/update--spotted-nose-down-on-runway

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EGLIN AFB — An  spotted nose-down on the runway by a motorist passing by on a nearby highway experienced an inflight emergency, according to a press release from the 33rd Fighter Wing.

The pilot returned to base and landed safely. The front nose gear collapsed after the plane was parked, the release said.

Fire crews responded immediately and could also be seen by passing motorists.

The pilot was uninjured.

The extent of damage to the  Lightning II was not immediately available.

The mishap occurred at about 12:50 p.m. on the flightline of Eglin, which shares runways with the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. No commercial traffic was affected by the incident, county officials said.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap is underway.

Fueldraulics failure? They're still doing that right?

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1403 on: August 23, 2018, 04:23:02 am »
It's my understanding that the fueldraulic systems are contained to just certain propulsion system actuators; the landing gear and a number of other systems use conventional hydraulics:



It's my understanding that landing gear locking mechanisms are typically spring-operated to enable landing gear actuation & locking via wind drag when hydraulics fail; if that's the case on the F-35 as well, then it likely would mean that some part of the locking mechanism seized, broke or came loose.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1404 on: August 30, 2018, 08:35:00 am »
F-35C OT-1 onboard the USS Lincoln.




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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1406 on: September 04, 2018, 11:31:56 am »
F-35C, Super Hornet Damaged During At-Sea Aerial Refueling


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An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flying from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was damaged during an aerial refueling exercise, in the first major flight mishap for the carrier version of the JSF.


The engine of an F-35C from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 was damaged while receiving fuel from an F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-103 on Aug. 22, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. Debris from an aerial refueling basket was ingested into the F-35C’s engine intake, resulting in the damage, Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht said on Tuesday.

Both fighters were able to land safely – the Super Hornet flew to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., while the F-35C returned to Lincoln. No injuries were reported and the incident is currently under investigation, Hecht said.
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https://news.usni.org/2018/09/04/f-35c-damaged-36249
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1407 on: September 10, 2018, 09:54:06 am »
F-35B operations deployed on USS Essex as part of 5th fleet (Persian Gulf/Indian Ocean area).


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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1408 on: September 10, 2018, 05:40:00 pm »
What is with the external ami9's?  Are they trying to obscure the rcs?
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1409 on: September 10, 2018, 06:55:40 pm »
What is with the external ami9's?  Are they trying to obscure the rcs?

My understanding is that's the only way they can carry them. IIRC, the internal bays, currently, can only hold one AMRAAM each (With or without an internal LGB as well).