6 F-35s land on Wasp for testing

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Unread post28 May 2015, 01:44

Good video from WSJ reporter aboard WASP.

http://www.wsj.com/video/is-f-35-jet-fi ... 8CC75.html
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Unread post28 May 2015, 01:47

THAT earlier SLOW DOWNload video at JSF.MIL has been reposted here - TAH to the lads:

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Unread post28 May 2015, 02:08

C'mon Spaz...

That video is a week old.
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Unread post28 May 2015, 02:15

" Beyond basic shipboard launching and landing, test pilots have been conducting elaborate war games, pitting F-35s against each other in dogfights defined by the aircraft's next-generation sensor technology."

Looks like the USMC is already thinking about potential tactics against adversarial 5th generation platforms. The USAF/USN/USMC and potentially allies purchasing the F35 are going to be way ahead of everyone else in 5th generation platform CONOPS, tactics, techniques and procedures for some time.
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Unread post28 May 2015, 02:59

I post stuff here that is donkey ages old - go figure.
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Unread post28 May 2015, 03:26

F-35’s ALIS at Sea
27 May 2015 USS Wasp

"...“Until this point, all ALIS infrastructure was land-based to support flight test, training and aircraft modifications,” Sprang says. “This event demonstrates the maturing ALIS capability by facilitating communication from ship to shore and connecting directly to ship networks to support F-35 operations.”

A Standard Operating Unit – the set of ALIS servers supporting squadron operations – was installed on the Wasp last year to prepare for this month’s test event. Previously, ship-based F-35 test events did not require the full technology suite onboard and were supported through a virtual connection to a Standard Operating Unit.

In addition to supporting operational testing, the Standard Operating Unit continues to facilitate all the training flights at MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina at the F-35B Pilot Training Center.

“The joint government and industry team is well prepared to support both the test event and continued training operations as the Marine Corps prepares to take the F-35 into initial operations,” says Joe Groszek, deputy program manager for ALIS field operations. “The logistics and maintenance with ALIS are running smoothly, and we’re excited to be underway.”

While gauging mission readiness is a major objective, the test event also provides a true-to-life deployment scenario to capture lessons learned about spares needed at sea, deployment planning and the overall logistics for ship-based F-35 operations. These lessons learned will be incorporated future Marine Corps deployments.

ALIS enables daily operations of the F-35 fleet, including mission planning, scheduling for flights, aircraft maintenance, and tracking and ordering of parts. The next generation of ALIS, ALIS 2.0.0, completed its roll out this past March and is currently supporting F-35 operations at 11 locations.

The next release, ALIS 2.0.1, is now installed at flight test locations for assessment. ALIS 2.0.1 includes a new hardware suite called the Standard Operating Unit version 2. This deployable kit will support the F-35 on carriers, amphibious craft and at forward operating locations."

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Unread post28 May 2015, 03:43

Marine F-35B conducts first operational testing at sea
27 May 2015 James K. Sanborn

"...But perhaps the most valuable lessons learned are being gleaned by maintainers and logisticians who must figure out how to service and repair a strike fighter that is bigger than an F/A-18 Hornet and more complex than an AV-8B Harrier.

British Lt. Cdr. Beth Kitchen, who is assigned to VMFAT-501, said that has meant everything from repairing a tire to changing an engine. Those are all tasks that have been successfully mastered ashore, but deck motion, space constraints and the need to tie assets down complicate many procedures, she said.

Kitchen and the maintainers she oversees have now installed and uninstalled components including the lift fan that gives the aircraft its STOVL capability, canopies and ejection seats. The idea is not only to ensure maintainers are correctly trained and can execute their tasks, but also to document difficulties so they can be remedied before the aircraft is fully operational and deployed. So far, however, Kitchen said they have not found the need for many changes.

"We are confident we can maintain these aircraft at sea," she said.

The successful exercise proved that the engine could be placed on a custom-built cradle that fits in an Osprey without surpassing weight and balance limits that would degrade the tiltrotor's handling beyond acceptable limits."

Source: http://www.defensenews.com/story/milita ... /27983193/

PHOTO: "A custom-built cradle for an MV-22B Osprey to internally transport an F-35B joint strike fighter engine sits aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp. The F-35B engine can be seen to the left. (Photo: James K. Sanborn/Staff)" http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/cd9aab5 ... C-6879.JPG
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Unread post28 May 2015, 04:48

POWER to the Peeples - POWER to the PEEPles right on.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmFYVkyWEcE
An Update on the USS WASP-F35B Ship Integration Tests
27 May 2015 SLDinfo

"...Statistics: The F-35B has flown more than 11,800 mishap-free hours as of May 26, 2015.

OT-1 F-35B sorties as of the end of the day on May 26, 2015: 98 OT-1 F-35B flight hours as of the end of the day on May 26, 2015: 73.1 Daily sorties May 26: 17 Daily hours May 26: 11.1

Power Module: The power module arrived aboard the USS WASP via Osprey on May 21, 2015. The power module was loaded into an MV-22B Osprey at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland and flown to USS Wasp on May 21.

The power module is the core of the F-35B’s engine.

A joint effort has been coordinated between the Marine Corps, the F-35 Joint Program Office, Pratt & Whitney and Naval Air Systems Command Special Operations and Cargo Team to make this happen.

The goal was to design, build and test a shipping “buck” to hold and protect the 4,500 pound power module while being transported in a MV-22B.”"

Photo: http://www.sldinfo.com/wp-content/uploa ... 00x198.jpg

Source: http://www.sldinfo.com/an-update-on-the ... ion-tests/
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Unread post28 May 2015, 06:30

Is it me or has Aviation Week totally ignored OT-1?
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Unread post28 May 2015, 07:24

bring_it_on wrote:Is it me or has Aviation Week totally ignored OT-1?
They're collecting nitpicks and perhaps waiting to see if something more tangibly goes wrong. Either that or none of their staff got an invitation.
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Unread post28 May 2015, 12:38

bring_it_on wrote:Is it me or has Aviation Week totally ignored OT-1?


A substantial offering from Amy Butler at the link -- dateline this a.m. Couple videos too.

http://aviationweek.com/blog/videos-f-3 ... dium=email
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Unread post28 May 2015, 13:29

bring_it_on wrote:Is it me or has Aviation Week totally ignored OT-1?


Bill is doing his best. :lmao:
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Unread post28 May 2015, 13:31

Holy crap did I call this one or what?

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/

Top of the page implying the F-35 is burning up the deck. :lmao: :doh:
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Unread post28 May 2015, 15:59

:devil: The SCOWL from Gen. DAVIS is prolly becuz of the BUTLER 'BELLY' hangar reporting PRIOR to the tests: :mrgreen:
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Unread post28 May 2015, 16:22

sferrin wrote:
bring_it_on wrote:Is it me or has Aviation Week totally ignored OT-1?


Bill is doing his best. :lmao:


It must be going well, if the dribble of a bitter old man can only come up with this on pprune
The STOVL flight control is impressive. And after a lot of time and money - STOVL has added double-digit gigabucks to R&D, starting with the two engines - the system has become reliable enough to perform repeated operations with journos watching. Also, congrats are due if they actually did practice an afloat engine and lift-fan change.

However...

+ $50 million per airplane
+ >4,000 lb deadweight
- 5,000 lb internal gas

Not to mention that the CTOL airplane has its wingspan dictated by parking on the Wasps, and its overall length constrained by the elevators on the Invincibles.

Now all we need from the Marines is a CONOPS that makes an iota of sense and we're off to the races.

PS - Note the bloke making a very careful walk-around visual check of the landing spot at 4:15-4:45.
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