- Dec 27, 2005
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Nice pic of F-35 weapons bay from Aviation International News July 17th (Farnborough)
Matej said:I am just thinking about if it is necessary to have all that stuff, cables and equipment inside... For the first time it looked to me as a junkyard. I hope it is only test equipment in pre-production machines.
elmayerle said:More like mid-week as we're doing further, and higher-speed, taxi tests today and tomorrow. After that, the availability of suitable weather is the driver. Assuming weather permits, I'd expect first flight on Wednesday or, more likely, Thursday.
Oh, Sundog, that door's changing to two-piece on later aircraft as the design matures.
The two-door change was implemented as part of the weight reduction efforts as it allows smaller (lighter) actuators and such. I'm guessing the reason they went with one huge door to start is it's one less seam to worry about from a stealth perspective.
There are reasons behind why the canopy is the way it is, including the forward hinge (god, what a PITA (Pain In The Ass) that is for systems routing to clear the hinges).
Sundog said:There are reasons behind why the canopy is the way it is, including the forward hinge (god, what a PITA (Pain In The Ass) that is for systems routing to clear the hinges).
In Aviation Week, they claimed the canopy was that way because it offered the minimum weight solution. I'm not saying it's true, that's just what the Lockheed Rep told Aviation Week.
I was wondering what having the hinges and actuation system for the canopy up front would do for everything in the nose. I mean, it isn't like you guys don't have enough to put up there. So knowing it was a PITA to work around makes sense. Although it must be easier in terms of ingress/egress for the pilot.
Sundog said:So if they had gone with a conventional canopy it's actuation system might have interfered with the lift fan and it's systems? I was thinking that, but wasn't sure.
I just wish there were some videos up of the first flight. I know there will be soon, but I wanted to see in flight video and pics. Aviation Week reported part of the flight was cycling the gear. Did you see it fly with the gear up? I know there will be plenty of pics in next weeks Aviation Week, but I'm impatient.
Sentinel Chicken said:What belongs to that air scoop above the right intake?