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- Dec 15, 2012
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There was the report of the F-35C having it's transonic acceleration increased by 45 seconds, that was several years ago. So I think that there is definitely room to discover that the F-35's performance is not identical to simulations.sferrin said:HAH! Fat chance (either way ;D ). I'm wondering, where so much of the F-35 is controlled by software, if it's more a matter of refining the flight control laws, and what they will allow the pilot to do. The article in AvWeek seemed to suggest than they're fairly conservative at the moment. I find it extremely difficult to believe given all the flight testing they've done, the number of planes flying, and number of pilots trained, that they would discover only now that they had a dog.
As for improving flight control laws, recall that the F-35 had buffeting / transonic roll-off issues in the past. There may not be the total freedom to improve flight performance vs. what was demonstrated then.
Finally, I wonder what the impact of the engine issues (namely the rumored heating problems at lower altitude) have on the F-35 performance envelope. Is it possible that they cannot get enough cooling into the engine to run it at the desired speed? Perhaps engine restrictions lowered the energy of the F-35 below expectation. This can be fixed with the upcoming advanced engine program.