F-35C Lands at Lakehurst For Testing

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post06 Sep 2014, 06:34

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Unread post08 Sep 2014, 03:57

A certified blast from the past by Coonts:
The Joint Strike Super Fighter
01 Jan 2011 Stephen Coonts

"It has been 34 years since I flew a carrier approach, so I got a rock in the pit of my stomach when my tour guide at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas—retired U.S. Navy Capt. Craig Williams, an F/A–18 Hornet pilot and former air wing commander aboard the USS Ronald Reagan—suggested I fly one in the F–35 simulator. Crashing the sim wouldn’t do much for my ego or reputation, such as it is. Oh well.

“Sure,” I said blithely.

In just a few seconds I was there, approaching one of the Navy’s big gray flattops on a clear, sunlit day, on a wide, empty sea. “Damn small boat,” I muttered.

In the cockpit demonstrator, the flight data symbology that will be projected on the inside of the pilot’s helmet visor in the real airplane was projected on the screen that held the ship. There was the track line, the angle of attack symbol, the altitude and airspeed, the sink rate symbol….

I snapped the gear handle down and pushed the button to lower the tailhook. The weapons were safe. That was the entire landing checklist. Flaps and slats are automatically deployed as the airspeed bleeds off. This supersonic fighter-bomber is easier to fly than anything I ever sat in.

Now I started descending, slewing the airplane with rudder (“Probably better keep your feet flat on the deck,” Williams suggested diplomatically) and overcontrolling the airspeed, which should be 143 knots at max trap weight; lined up fairly well, looking for the ball. And by glory, there it was! Now too fast, now too slow—but coming down at about 600 feet per minute.

The ship got bigger and bigger, I got fast…and would have bolted but the sim, being forgiving, let me catch a wire.

“No grade eight-wire,” I told Williams, grinning like a fool...."

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Unread post09 Sep 2014, 09:58

MORE on Shake Rattle & Roll + JPALS with emphasis on Carrier Suitability for F-35C which is going OK and due for NIMITZ soonish.

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Unread post09 Sep 2014, 10:38

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Unread post09 Sep 2014, 23:34

Another OPNAV N-98 video munchies carpet explanation DLC for the Super Hornet (the F-35C will use something similar called IDLC). Tare differences (TWO) with the CARPET for how things are done. I'll guess when testing is finished there will be good explanations about it all.

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Unread post16 Sep 2014, 01:44

Bogdan: F-35 Engine Fix May be Ready by Year’s End
15 Sep 2014 Brendan McGarry

"NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Defense Department official in charge of the F-35 fighter jet program said he hopes to have a fix in place for a defective engine part by the end of the year.

Speaking Monday at the Air Force Association’s annual conference, Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said...

...Problems with such components as the helmet, carrier hook and lightning protection have either been solved or are in the process of being addressed, Bogdan said. “These are all past problems,” he said....

...Bogdan said he expects the Marine Corps will still begin operational flights of the F-35B jump-jet variant next July as scheduled, followed by the Air Force in 2016 and the Navy in 2018...."

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F135 Test Fleet Retrofits Could Start in November
16 Sep 2014 Amy Butler

"FORT WASHINGTON, Maryland — Retrofitting a fix to the F135 propulsion systems in the 21-aircraft-strong F-35 test fleet could begin in November and be complete as soon as early next year, according to Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines....

...The probable retrofit schedule appears to be far later than hoped for by U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program executive officer. He said two weeks ago that if he is unable to get the testing fleet back into full-envelope operation by the end of this month, "we will start seeing some delays in future milestones that we talked about that we haven’t pushed up against yet." He was referring to such milestones as the first arrested landing and catapult trials on the USS Nimitz planned for November, and possibly items leading to the U.S. Marine Corps initial operational capability date set for July 1, 2015. When asked about the Nimitz tests, he said they are still not off the table. Regarding Marine IOC, he said it is "fundamentally on track," though needed mods to the F-35Bs and the delivery of mission data packages could be late...."

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Unread post21 Sep 2014, 17:25

SCHEDULE FRICTION
22 Sep 2014 Amy Butler

"....He [LtGen. Bogdan] was referring to events such as the first arrested landing and catapult trials on the USS Nimitz planned for November, and possibly items leading to the U.S. Marine Corps initial operational capability (IOC) date of July 1, 2015. He affirms that Nimitz tests are still on the table, and a program source notes that of the two aircraft slated for those tests, CF-3 is cleared to get to the deck. CF-5 is still undergoing validation flights for deck work, but these are not impeded by the flight-envelope restrictions, the source adds...."

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Unread post25 Sep 2014, 21:52

F-35 'On Track' for Carrier Tests in November
25 Sep 2014 AARON MEHTA

"WASHINGTON — The F-35 joint strike fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier in November, but there are still variables as to what may be tested, the program’s top official said today.

“The November deployment will happen,” Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the F-35 joint program office, said during a news briefing in Oslo. “It will most likely happen with two airplanes. Whether both those airplanes are fully capable of doing all the work remains to be seen.”

“We have some work to do as we lead up to that point in November,” he added.

That work will decide what trials the pair of F-35C models will end up performing while aboard the US Navy’s carrier Nimitz, located off the west coast of the US. The biggest question is whether both jets can perform catapult launch and arrestment trials or if only one is ready for that.

If the latter is the case, the second jet will be left on dock for what Bogdan called “logistics testing.”...”

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Unread post26 Sep 2014, 04:40

F-35Cs Will Be Deployed To Carrier, With Caveats
25 Sep 2014 Tony Osborne | AWIN First

"...Jeff Babione, vice president and deputy general manager of the F-35, told Aviation Week that only a series of flight trials involving abnormal carrier approaches – dubbed the "shake, rattle and roll" tests – as well as electromagnetic interference tests now remained before the aircraft could embark on the ship.

The trials will see test pilots intentionally landing the aircraft at high sink rates, with roll to the right or left, nose or tail down to test the landing limits of aircraft in adverse conditions on land first, before the aircraft goes to sea.

"The testing should finish up next week, once complete parts and equipment will be staged out to the West Coast," Babione said."

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Unread post27 Sep 2014, 20:56

Be there or be square in November.... :mrgreen:
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Unread post04 Oct 2014, 20:18

IN ANTI cipation of events in NOV ember here is some pert inent info - in cludes F-35C in a bunch of course m'lud, orright?
Arrest HOOK & Ship-Shore Arrest Info FOLDER on SpazSinbad OneDrive page

FILE NAME: Hooks & Arrest Gear 03oct2014 pp391.pdf (191Mb)

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Unread post18 Oct 2014, 07:48

Further info on the MAGIC CARPET (applicable to Supers/Cees) and will attach PDF. GO HERE FOR THE SCALE innit:

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Project MAGIC CARPET A Breakthrough in Carrier Aircraft Landing
INNOVATION; Office of Naval Research; Vol. 10 | Spring 2013 Mr. John Kinzer, Program Officer, Air Vehicle Technology, Office of Naval Research

"...Traditionally, pilots control rate of descent with power (left hand on the throttles), airspeed with pitch attitude (forward/aft stick), and heading with roll (left/ right stick). It’s hard enough to do these three things at once, but complicating the problem is that these control axes are cross-coupled and only indirectly influence what is really intended: glideslope and lineup. The pilot is required to integrate the disparate control problems and anticipate the need for adjustments. The change that is being developed is to reduce the number of controls, eliminate control cross-coupling, and provide direct control of glideslope and lineup (Figure 1).

At the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, engineers under the leadership of James “Buddy” Denham, and with partial Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsorship, this breakthrough change is becoming reality in a program called MAGIC CARPET. First, they incorporated the use of reliable automated approach power control to allow the pilot to control the entire landing with just the right hand on the stick. Second, they developed flight control laws which did two things: (1) utilized wing flaps and ailerons to instantly adjust lift on the wing, and (2) augmented aircraft stability to allow the pilot forward and aft stick inputs to directly control glideslope angle. Third, they provided displays to the pilot on the Head Up Display (HUD) with desired glideslope reference and actual glideslope flight path vector. The task for maintaining glideslope then becomes greatly simplified: fly level until the ship comes under the desired glide slope reference and push the stick forward until the actual glide slope vector matches the glideslope, and release the control. Slight adjustments high or low can be accomplished in a similar manner.

These breakthroughs have been tested and demonstrated in simulators with two different aircraft. In flight simulator evaluations in a Joint Strike Fighter configuration at BAE Wharton, the workload for carrier landing was reduced from a Handling Qualities Rating (HQR) 6 (extensive pilot workload), to 2 (minimal pilot workload)—a dramatic reduction! These results were confirmed in an F/A-18E/F simulator at Patuxent River in late 2012, in which landing touchdown performance was improved by over 50%.

MAGIC CARPET technology development is continuing. Flight control augmentation for lineup is being developed and tested in the flight simulator, and HUD displays are being refined. Planning is underway to conduct testing of the control laws and displays in both the F/A–18E/F and the F-35C...."

Source: http://www.onr.navy.mil/Science-Technol ... Vol10.ashx (PDF 2.8Mb)

CAPTION: Figure 1. "Carrier landing area as seen through the HUD. Pilots need to monitor glideslope using the Fresnel Lens, angle of attack (speed), and lineup simultaneously. (background photo: U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate)"

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Unread post19 Oct 2014, 14:06

To read some of these articles, one might think that NAVAIR was designing and building aircraft these days.

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