B-course student pilots fly in Beast Mode CONFIGURATION

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Unread post06 Aug 2020, 04:52

F-35A B-course student pilots are learning to fly on [IN] Beast Mode configuration
05 Aug 2020 Senior Airman Alexander Cook 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – When a combat mission demands it, stealth is sacrificed for a maximum weapons configuration. The 56th Fighter Wing is employing innovative practices to ensure its F-35A pilots are prepared for all combat operations. The 63rd Fighter Squadron recently implemented the Beast Mode weapons configuration on its F-35s during training sorties. The Beast Mode configuration consists of six inert 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, four loaded externally on the wings and two internally in the weapons bay, as well as an AIM-9 training air-to-air missile.

“It’s important for our student pilots to have some exposure to flying this really unique configuration because when they are in a combat situation they will fly a very similar configuration to the one they’re doing right now,” said Lt. Col. Peter Cossette, 63rd FS director of operations. “There are often times where they will take off, fly a combat mission and have to come back and land with those heavy-weight munitions. That presents an extra challenge that a lot of student pilots never get to experience until they are put into a combat situation. We want to give them that exposure here first.”...."

Photo: "22 Jul 2020 LUKE AFB First Lt. Joshua Shook, 63rd Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, performs a pre-flight inspection July 22, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 63rd FS implemented the Beast Mode weapons configuration on their F-35s during training sorties to better prepare B-Course student pilots with experience needed for combat. The implementation of the maximum strike weapons configuration is one of many ways the 56th Fighter Wing is training the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Cook)" https://www.dvidshub.net/download/image/6297513 (6.5Mb) & https://www.dvidshub.net/download/image/6297515 (10.1Mb)


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Unread post06 Aug 2020, 05:10

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Unread post06 Aug 2020, 13:43

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Is that truly beast mode. Cant you go more beast than that? Why not add 6 SDB, and 2 Amraams in?
I call it altered beast mode.
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Unread post06 Aug 2020, 14:53

The students/instructors call their configuration BEAST MODE however the maximum has been described earlier by LM PR.

Short answer if searched on youtube text string: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=54154&p=395856&hilit=H4kuB58nENs#p395856

BEAST MODE LM Jeff Babione Shares F-35 Update at ASC17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4kuB58nENs

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Unread post06 Aug 2020, 15:33

jessmo112 wrote:
Is that truly beast mode. Cant you go more beast than that? Why not add 6 SDB, and 2 Amraams in?
I call it altered beast mode.

Because it's not the internal payload, that's going to have an effect on the flying characteristics. Now they could have students fly with 2 AIM-120, 6 GBU-31, and 2 AIM-9X, if they really want to add weight/drag.
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Unread post07 Aug 2020, 13:14

Did he pizz himself or did he spill his water bottle ;-)))))))))))))))))))))))))

Might be a tablet holder, we are going to start having tablets for some things, I.E DAFIF database !!!!!!!!!
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Unread post07 Aug 2020, 13:17

There is a thread showing a bright screen so the thoughts were 'tablet'. I'll find this photo with zoom in again: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1tr9MvW0AIp5Hx?format=jpg | viewtopic.php?f=63&t=54256&p=414358&hilit=D1tr9MvW0AIp5Hx#p414358
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Unread post07 Aug 2020, 14:51

More than any other aircraft IMO, the F-35 looks "meaner" when in so called beast mode.

When flying clean, it looks positively placid. Dirty it up though with some LGB's and sidewinders and boom - downright fearsome IMO. I do think that ultimately, it's going to be flying with external stores a lot more than originally thought. If it really can make short work of even the toughest IADS's, there should be many more "2nd day of war" loadouts.

I guess time will tell. Hopefully, we never have to find out..
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Unread post07 Aug 2020, 15:11

f35phixer wrote:Did he pizz himself or did he spill his water bottle ;-)))))))))))))))))))))))))
Might be a tablet holder, we are going to start having tablets for some things, I.E DAFIF database !!!!!!!!!

I guess 'his water bottle' refers to the pilot's all-in-one connector to the aircraft - I don't know the name. VIDEO has been posted before by 'getalongli'ldoge' : viewtopic.php?f=62&t=16223&p=421759&hilit=I0YQP4Oqr00#p421759

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