F-35C Lands at Lakehurst For Testing

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Unread post02 Nov 2014, 19:34

Naval Aviation Maintenance Officer Symposium 28-30 June 2011

http://www.amdo.org/JSF_Program_and_33_FW_Updates.pdf (3.5Mb)
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Unread post02 Nov 2014, 21:34

Consider it SLATED...
Lockheed's F-35 fighter to start testing on USS Nimitz carrier
02 Nov 2014 (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese)
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jet is slated to begin two weeks of developmental testing on board the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, marking another key milestone for the Pentagon's biggest weapons program.

Weather permitting, the first of two F-35 C-model jets slated for the testing is due to arrive on the carrier on Monday. That will mark the first time the new warplane will land on a carrier using a tailhook that had be redesigned after initial problems engaging the cable.

The tailhook system has been tested [SLATED?] extensively on land.... [so there should be no probs]"

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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 02:15

I could have imagined the X-47B hook position but decided youse can....
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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 13:32

Flight Test No DATE except I guess date of yesterday:
"Key flight test accomplishments to-date in the program include:

...F-35C
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• Land-based steam and electromagnetic catapult launches
• Land-based fly-in arrestments
• Carrier approach and bolter handling qualities..."

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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 14:05

Have not seen a photo of a land catapult with pilot 'hand off stick' launch before but I think that was made clear earlier in a text? Whatever. Photo from a 2 page PDF brochure with details of the F-35C from LM here: https://www.f35.com/assets/uploads/down ... /f-35c.pdf (0.8Mb)
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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 22:05

Just so you know - winnie the wheedler is on the case - FUD merchant supreme - however the aircraft have been HAMMERED already in Shake Rattle and Roll arrest testing (see previous videos and stories) so WTF? Over:
F-35 jet starts aircraft carrier drills
03 Nov 2014 Jeanette Steele

"...Winslow Wheeler at the Center for Defense Information also said it will be telling if either of the test planes develops engine problems in the days or weeks following the test landing.

“Carrier landings are very stressful on structure,” [no kidding - genius insight - just pure luck that the Cee has been designed and tested for it all] Wheeler said. “The recent engine problem and grounding occurred because of flexing of the engine casing, and the airframe itself has had some strength and cracking issues.”

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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 22:39

So slamming an aircraft repeatedly into concrete is not a sufficient approximation for slamming it repeated into an aircraft carrier? Damn those soft concrete, better start making runways out of steel.
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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 22:42

First trap successful.
Also, other sources indicate both jets are onboard..
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/03/lockheed-martin-fighter-idUSL1N0ST2J320141103
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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 23:03

:mrgreen: Many thanks - worth putting the news here. Should another thread be started? Anyway - all good stuff - as they say. :mrgreen:
Lockheed F-35 fighter jet lands on US aircraft carrier-spokesman
03 Nov 2014 Andrea Shalal

"Nov 3 (Reuters) - The first of two Lockheed Martin Corp F-35C fighter jets landed successfully on the USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego on Monday, marking the first time the new warplane has landed on an aircraft carrier using its tailhook system, a spokesman [Joe DellaVedova] said...."

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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 23:34

Air Framers Do a QUICK repair....
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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 23:37

Former Flight Control Technican - We keep'em flying
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Unread post03 Nov 2014, 23:52

Thanks for the video link!
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