Sure, but it does inspire quite a bit of confidence, to be honest.
...what drones are we talking about?
@Grey Havoc : Don't forget that the F-35 among other things, has one less engine that is from a generation beyond and far less structural parts.
Many of the parts routinely accessed or damaged during operations are pannels and skin elements made of impregnated CFRP, that once produced in quantity can be deceptively cheap to manufacture, even with tight stealth tolerance standards.
Last but not least, let's not forget that low operatinal cost was part of initial requirements, even if the road to that has not been that easy.
1 F-35 lost. Pilot OK. KC-130J was able to make an emergency landing (some extensive damages apparantly) :
No fatalities have been reported yet after a Marine KC-130J and F-35B crashed into each other while attempting an aerial refueling.www.marinecorpstimes.com
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The F-35 package comes with an estimated price tag of $6.58 billion, while the F/A-18 package with a price tag of $7.452 billion. Both those totals, if they represent final figures — and DSCA notifications often do not — would exceed the approved $6.5 billion budget for the program.
In addition, State pre-cleared Switzerland to purchase the Patriot air defense system, a contender for a complimentary ground-based capability. The five Patriot batteries come with an estimated $2.2 billion price tag.
I think they break their backs pretty regularly with these sorts of forced landings, especially if they hit hard. It looks like the left refueling pod's been ripped off at some point too. Will be interesting to hear the pilot's account (if we get it) as it's difficult to say how much damage is from the landing and how much from the collision based on 1 or 2 pics.They probably opted for a belly landing given the nature of the ground.
From some angles I see as if the fuselage is broken forward of the wing spar.
Pilots never see the outside world through the canopy; they see an image of it. Every manufactured canopy optically distorts the view of the outside world in a unique way. Aerial and ground targets viewed through head-up and helmet-mounted displays can be distorted by imperceptible deviations in canopy thickness, curves, and material. In other words, the canopy can have a direct effect on weapon accuracy. To mitigate this, every canopy is manufactured and verified to extremely tight tolerances. Each canopy is then optically mapped and matched to a specific aircraft as part of the assembly process, with optical deviation data stored in onboard systems to correct the pilot’s view of the outside world, in real-time
I always understood Port and starboard was the point, as apposed to left and right. Port and starboard is from the captains seat, as it started with ships. Port is left, for any ground pounders who have learnt to type, hopefully everyone else can work out which one is right.....Dear TomcatVIP and mkellytx,
Please use standard nomenclature: USN, USMC, USAF, FAA, SAE, etc..
All left and right, up and down, fore and aft are defined from the pilot's seat.
Ergo the left wing tip is always off the pilot's left shoulder along with the #1 engine and #2 engine.
In this accident, it looks like the F-35 over-shot his approach to the refueling drogue hanging under the right wing. He damaged the inboard, right-hand external fuel tank along with propellers on both the #3 and #4 engines.
Looks like the #1 propeller and left-most refueling pod were damaged on landing.