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Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 07:53
by geforcerfx

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 11:13
by doge
I have found an interview Mr. DOJO, so I will post it. 8) ... tion-pilot
Meet Andrew Olson: F-35 Demonstration Pilot
February 23, 2019
For years, a full F-35 demonstration has been on every air show fan’s bucket list, and in 2019, that wish comes true! With Captain Andrew “Dojo” Olson behind the controls, fans will get their first look at the many capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II this season, rather than just a few Heritage Flight Passes that have been standard over the last couple of years. Captain Olson is a native of Leesburg, Virginia, and has been in the United States Air Force for nearly nine years. He has more than 2,000 hours in several different aircraft, including the T-6A, T-38C, F-15E, and the F-35A. As the first ever F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Pilot, Captain Andrew Olson, along with the help of other F-35A instructor and test pilots, was tasked with coming up with the demonstration profile that will be flown this season. He talks about that process along with a variety of other topics in our interview below:
1. Callsign, and how’d you get it?
The tradition is that you have to buy me a beer to hear about it. In the meantime, hint, it doesn’t have to do with karate and, like most call signs, it’s about a funny flying mistake I made as a Lieutenant.

2. First of all, it’s pretty safe to say a full F-35 demonstration has been at the top of every aviation fan’s wish list for years. What was it like when you found out you’d be the demonstration pilot for the first ever F-35 Demonstration Team?
It was an unreal, fist pumping down the hall way, kind of deal; it still doesn’t seem real. I’m appreciative every day for this incredible opportunity. I used to read about guys like Max Moga (first Raptor Demo Pilot) and think, “That’s so cool! I’d be happy if I just get to fly in the Air Force, period. Any jet would do”. So to have made it to this point is surreal, lucky, and totally unexpected. I really try to cherish it every single day.

3. What has the process been like having to come up with a completely new demonstration from scratch? What all goes into deciding what maneuvers will be included, parameters, etc.?
Two people that deserve credit right off the bat are Maj Aaron “Gambit” Stevens, fellow F-35A Instructor Pilot and Billie Flynn, Lockheed Martin Test/Demo Pilot extraordinaire. Both helped immensely in the development of this profile. It started with Gambit and I sitting down with a blank slate and deciding how to best showcase this incredible jet. This involved pouring over routines from demos all over the world but also banking on our experience of last airshow season and understanding what makes the F-35 look good. What are its strengths, what angles look best to the crowd, what maneuvers set it apart, etc? We put together a draft and took a hack at writing the way the maneuvers are flown and at what altitudes and airspeeds. These parameters were then carefully vetted in the simulator to ensure that they’re safe and repeatable under all conditions; certain maneuvers didn’t work, others were added along the way, and in the end we had our routine. Finally, we got to the fun part where we’ve now flown and perfected the demo over more than 30 training sorties.

4. Is the demonstration the most fun flying you’ve been able to do in the F-35? What makes it different from traditional combat flying?
It’s certainly fun flying. You can’t beat cruising over your home base, inverted, at 300 feet. It’s a truly visceral, physical experience that’s unlike any flying I’ve ever done. It’s important to point out that the coolest parts of the F-35 will never be on display at an airshow. Traditional combat flying is where the F-35 REALLY excels and what sets it apart. Taking out a simulated enemy sometimes happens at simple 1G straight and level flight. Regardless of the sometimes benign maneuvering, seeing the jet do its thing and crush opponents easily without being seen is truly eye watering.

5. What was it like stepping into the F-35 for the first time? How did that first flight go?
I remember thinking: am I really about to go fly a stealth fighter jet? It was a dreamlike realization. It’s interesting to note that every other “dollar ride” aka first sortie I’ve had in my career was with someone in the backseat. In this jet, you’re all alone from the get go. With that being said, there was total confidence going into that F-35 dollar ride. The simulators perfectly mimic the real thing so once I was strapped into the jet, it felt like I had already done this a hundred times because I had. The jet is super easy to fly and the first sortie was a non-event.

6. What makes the F-35 ideal for a demonstration, and how does the F-35 Demo differ from other ACC demos air show fans will see this year?
The F-35 is a beast of an airplane. It’s loud, it’s fast, and it’s agile. People were blown away from just the few simple passes we’d do in years’ past and my response was always, “believe me, you haven’t seen anything yet”. The new F-35 Demo perfectly combines all the best attributes of other demo teams and brings it together in one epic show. It’s fast and agile like the Viper, it does one of a kind maneuvers like the Raptor, and it has the impressive slow speed handling of the Hornet all with unmatched power. The motor in the F-35 is the biggest ever put into a fighter and when the afterburner is lit you know you’re off to the races.

7. In addition to coming up with the demo on paper, how much flying is involved to make sure you’re ready to go for the 2019 season, and what all is required to get certified for the demonstration?
There’s a syllabus just like any other learning process in the Air Force. We’ll have more than 30 training sorties and countless simulators under our belt before we ever do a public demonstration. Each practice and performance is graded by hand by watching cockpit video recording. We record each maneuver’s parameters to the foot and to the knot. No stone is left unturned. We watch for and want to correct every error, no matter how small. When you’re traveling at 1,000 feet per second, grading yourself to the foot/knot is a very tight tolerance but that’s how sharp and crisp we want the show to look. Precision is the mark of every Air Force professional.

8. We know it’s still somewhat early, but do you have a favorite maneuver so far or a part of the demo that you look forward to the most?
I love hanging upside down by the straps during -1G, inverted flight which happens during a couple of the maneuvers. Also, the “pedal turn” where we perform a fully controlled flat spin is always a surreal maneuver to execute. In short, I love them all!

9. Do you have a show site or event that you are looking forward to the most this season?
We have an absolutely incredible season lined up! We’re truly looking forward to every single show on the schedule for a variety of reasons. I can’t narrow it down to just one.

10. What are you most excited about for the 2019 season? The flying, people’s reaction of the new demo, fan interaction, etc.?
For me, it’s always about the fan interaction. That’s why we do this. The flying and the show is just a conduit to accomplish the connection we want to forge with the American public. Inspiring current and especially future generations to live their best life is what it’s all about.

11. What inspired you to become a pilot, and furthermore, what inspired you to join the Air Force and become a fighter pilot?
Top Gun was the early inspiration, albeit a movie about a Navy pilot. I chose the Air Force over the Navy because I wanted to fly in the branch of the military that considers flying (in various arenas) to be its primary mission.

12. What advice do you have for young men and women who are considering careers in aviation, whether it be civilian or military?
There has never been a better time to pursue this profession. The civilian and military world alike cannot get enough pilots and the demand will likely continue for more than a decade. So I would tell them that if you’ve ever been interested in or dreamed of flying for a career, go for it! Be persistent, find a mentor, and don’t listen to the naysayers because you will encounter obstacles. Just stay focused on your goal and you’ll get there.

We’d like to thank Captain Andrew Olson and the F-35 Demonstration Team for their time as they continue to prepare for their debut season! Go checkout their 2019 schedule and find out when they’ll be near you, because this is a demonstration you’re not going to want to miss! Stay tuned for more exclusive content as we near the 2019 season! ... story.html
Gary airport parking lot offers a view of Chicago air show thrills
Air Force Capt. Andrew Olson drew a media crowd as he approached the runway in a metal gray F-35 stealth fighter, the military’s state-of-the-art $96 million precision bomber. It can hit speeds of more than 1,200 mph or Mach 1.6.

“This is the most advanced fighter jet on the planet,” Olson said. “It’s fast and it’s loud.” He’s based at the 56th Jet Fighter Wing at Luke Air Base in Phoenix, Ariz.
He will fly the F-35 in formation with a World War II era P-15 Mustang fighter to contrast the decades of changes on the fighters.

Olson, 31, said technology on the F-35 enables it to delay detection. “I can get a shot off before they see me,” he said.
Olson said his helmet is integrated with the plane, giving him a visual of all his parameters with his head going undetected.
“It’s a game changer,” said Olson. “It’s a generational leap of technology. If it keeps the world safe, it’s worth it.”

I found a photo of a camera installed on the cockpit display. 8)

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 11:18
by doge
New York Airshow Mr.DOJO interview article. 8) ... 6b7c3.html
Stewart Airport gearing up for air show this weekend
Mid-Hudson News Network Aug 23, 2019
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. – You may see military jets flying in formation in the skies above the greater Newburgh area as the US Navy Blue Angels warm up for the annual New York International Air Show at New York Stewart International Airport this Saturday and Sunday.

Pilots and crew members for the Blue Angels and the US Air Force F-35 Lighting II Demo Team were at the Air National Guard Base at Stewart on Thursday.
Air Force Captain Dojo Olson, an F-35 pilot, said those birds are the most advanced jets in the world.

“It is a fifth-generation joint strike fighter aircraft. What that means is fifth-generation you’re stealthy and all the sensors are fused together," Olson said. "So the jet is seeing everything; people are having trouble seeing you and you are absolutely King Kong out there,” he said. “All the sensors seize the information out of the airplane; it’s just a flying sensor. It’s just covered in various sensors out there and it fuses all the information together and presents it the pilot in a very logical and easy to interpret manner.”

For the first time, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows will also perform along with stunt pilots and other aerial acts. The flight line will also be loaded with static displays including various other aircraft including the New York Air National Guard’s C-17 jumbo cargo plane, which is stationed at the Stewart base.

Mr.DOJO is flying the New York AirShow. 8)
After the F-35 solo demo for about 12 minutes, the F-35 will fly with the P-51D Mustang for about 12 minutes. :shock: (A lot of fuel...! :doh: )

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 08 Sep 2019, 16:14
by doge
Additional New York Airshow videos.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 08 Sep 2019, 16:47
by doge
Mr. DOJO flew in Canada. 8) (I searched in Ottawa or Gatineau, etc word, but didn't find a full good video. :doh: ) ... -in-ottawa
September 4, 2019 By Richard Lawrence
One of the contenders for the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) dropped into Ottawa Airport as Lockheed Martin had two F-35As from the F-35A Demonstration Team drop in for a quick media brief in advance of its attendance at the 2019 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow. The aircraft did not do any high speed passes or any aerobatics but simply came in and landed, taxied in, and then had Capt. Andrew ‘Dojo” Olson, the F-35 Demonstration Team Commander/Pilot for the 2019 Airshow Season, come and talk to the media. Capt. Olson flew the F-15E Strike Eagle prior to his duties on the F-35 where he flew missions in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan prior coming aboard the F-35 three years ago.

When asked about the F-35 he said that compared to the F-15E, the F-35 is “… an entire generation leap forward in technology.” It’s the combination of stealth and sensor fusion that makes the aircraft so advanced enabling the pilot to see everything and yet not be seen by anybody giving him/her complete control of the battlespace. The aircraft is covered in sensors looking outward at all times presenting the accumulated data to the pilot allowing him to make decisions not just for himself but for the entire four plane formation. It can then take the data from all four aircraft to create information fusion and that information can be sent out making the F-35 the quarterback of the battlespace. When asked if he trusted his life to the aircraft he said, “If I had to go into a serious conflict, this airplane for sure would be more lethal and survivable …”

He noted that there are eight partner nations involved in the F-35 development (Canada being one) and several other countries who are purchasing the jets (foreign military sales) and that makes for a “… more effective fighting force when you’re flying with your friends and … you all have the same airplane and you all speak the same language – that’s F-35.”

Capt. Olson summed up his opinion of the aircraft when he said, “You’re just King Kong out there. You’re just untouchable.”

Finally, the image of King Kong was quoted. King Kong meant the original King Kong as it was, just. :doh: (The mystery has been solved.)
King Kong.jpg

JASDF's F-35A fly in a Missing Man Formation with Mitsubishi F-2. (This is a AirShow rehearsal flight, but the F-35 AirShow on the day was canceled due to dense fog or typhoon approach.)

JASDF F-35 makes a little strange flight. 8) @0:20~

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 09 Sep 2019, 03:09
by marsavian
Strange ? More like impressive climbing, rolling and pitching all in a high energy state.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 09 Sep 2019, 06:26
by spazsinbad
Air Force F-35A demo team to move from Glendale base to Utah
07 Sep 2019 Associated Press

"The Air Force is moving its demonstration team for the F-35A fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale to Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah. The single-jet demonstration team conducts flights at airshows to display the capabilities of the F-35A, a relatively new aircraft now entering operational service in significant numbers.

Officials said the team will be assigned to Hill beginning with the 2020 airshow season when it will conduct approximately 20 performances between March and November. Hill is an Air Combat Command base that is home to two fighter wings whose pilots fly the F-35A while Luke is an Air Education and Training Command base where pilots are learning how to fly the aircraft."

Source: ... 248387001/

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 16 Sep 2019, 17:37
by doge
Videos of Aero Gatineau-Ottawa 2019. 8)

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 16 Sep 2019, 22:26
by ricnunes
Damn, why didn't Aero Gatineau-Ottawa happen around the 20th of last month (August) instead?? :(

Anyway, thanks for the sharing those videos doge.
Again, impressive display by the F-35! Would like to see Sprey calling the F-35 a "Turkey" now :roll:

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 16 Sep 2019, 22:44
by marsavian
Noisy nuclear bomber is his new angle of criticism because it is obviously more manueverable than the F-105 which was his old angle.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 17 Sep 2019, 16:09
by gta4

Check the roll rate at 2:34.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 17 Sep 2019, 16:27
by gta4

That high speed pass at 4:20 was without afterburner. And according to the commentator, it was just slightly below the speed pf sound.

Check the roll rate at 4:33. I am sure Sprey regrets to call that turkey.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 17 Sep 2019, 16:37
by charlielima223
I still would like to see someone do a side by side video comparison of the F-22 and F-35. It would be even cooler if they actually did that an an airshow. Have the F-22 do it then have it followed by the F-35 doing the same thing.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 18 Sep 2019, 15:48
by mixelflick
May I ask why?

I think it's generally understood the F-22 would out-perform it - but not by much (at least, in the transonic regime). Differences between the two at airshow speeds would be minimal, minus the thrust vector maneuvers (but again, not by much).

The Raptor is a unique beast at all points in its envelope, but especially supersonic - which can't be demonstrated on the airshow circuit. A side by side comparison wouldn't be that different, with only the sustained turn and a few high angle of attack maneuvers showing a marked difference.

Re: F-35 and Airshows

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2019, 11:28
by doge
Mr.DOJO flew Oregon AirShow 2019. 8)

I noticed it now, albeit late. 8)
Needless to say, there is no obstructing HUD on the cockpit display, so the 360-degree camera can seamlessly show between the front and pilot, without shooting obstacles! :doh: (Merit of deleted HUD.)

From @0:40~, DOJO drift. I'm fascinated by “DOJO drift” 8) ...It's like...violence...! :doh: