F-35 arrival begins new era at USAFWS

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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 01:49

ELEVEN photos at the URL....
F-35 arrival begins new era at USAFWS
15 Jan 2015 Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

"1/15/2015 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A new era began at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School when its first F-35A Lightning II touched-down on the flightline here Jan. 15, flown straight from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Col. Adrian Spain, USAFWS commandant, said the Weapons School's first F-35 will be used to drive tactics development and that the Weapons School's immediate goal is to create the curriculum for the first F-35 course.

"That's going to be the initial focus over the next year," Spain said. "Certainly in the next year-and-a-half or so, we will be far enough along in continuing [tactics development] to develop a weapons school syllabus for the F-35 ... in the next two years, we'll be transitioning pilots in the short term to get F-35 experience, but we'll also be developing the [combat air forces] syllabus."

The arrival and integration of the F-35 into the Weapons School is a natural evolution toward the Air Force's desired force mixture and will have far-reaching effects, explained Spain.

"The addition of the F-35 is something that is unquestionable in terms of its impact on the rest of the Air Force and our ability to wage war in a modern battle space," Spain said. "Because it's the latest fighter we have in our inventory, those capabilities need to be integrated as quickly as possible and as efficiently as possible, so the rest of the field knows how to go to war with it, if it's ever called upon."

While the first and subsequent USAFWS-assigned F-35s will initially operate under the umbrella of the 16th Weapons Squadron, the school's F-16 squadron, Lt. Col. David Epperson, 16th WPS commander, said it's important not to template any of the current legacy aircraft - and how they execute missions - onto the F-35.

"We're going to build the F-35 weapons school cadre out of people from every MDS, [or] mission design series," Epperson said. "We're going to continue to take instructors and experts from all the MDSs and combine them together, so that we can leverage all of their knowledge from their own MDS as we move forward to the mission sets of the F-35 ... so it's going to be incumbent upon the [weapons instructor course] instructors, along with all the operational test and evaluation cadre that develop the tactics, to think outside of the container, and to look into the future and develop brand new tactics using their expertise."

Epperson also said the school will take a 'building-block approach' with the F-35.

"U.S. Air Force Weapons School programs, as they are currently set up, leverage all of the capabilities that the Air Force has to offer, especially as we get into more of the integrated scenarios toward the end of the course," he said. "The last three weeks of the course we do different types of integration and the F-35 will start to integrate as part of those, even before it stands up as a weapons school course ... as we learn more through the tactics development of the F-35, we'll see where it will blend into the current capabilities of the assets we have at the weapons school and we will make that part of the syllabus, so we expose the weapons school graduate to the capabilities that the F-35 has."

Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, USAFWC commander, said the future of the F-35 at the Weapons School and at Nellis AFB is bright.

"We take our role in preparing the F-35 for its initial operational capability seriously. Nellis is out in front of this -- Nellis is leading the way in preparing the F-35 and developing the tactics and testing it operationally," Silveria said. "[Flying the F-35] is like getting a glimpse into the future. It's pretty amazing to see what the Air Force is going to be like in the future and that future is pretty incredible."

The first F-35A USAFWS student course is tentatively scheduled for January 2018."

Source: http://www.nellis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123436539
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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 02:40

Heretics and out-of-box thinkers welcome. :)
Oh, to be a fly on the wall as the experts brainstorm new missions/tactics to exploit the new platform.
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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 04:26

awesome article. things really getting into motion.

anyone know what that little bar is sticking out of the left side of the front of the f35 on the panel that says "caution hot"?

http://www.nellis.af.mil/shared/media/p ... 86-037.JPG
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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 05:07

Stealthy Air Data probe.
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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 05:13

Zoom from mentioned pic:
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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 07:16

The source picture's clear enough too that you can just make out the static port holes too (they're located on a separate panel with duplicate warnings some ~30cm forward of the pitot tube).
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Unread post16 Jan 2015, 07:34

Anotherie Zoom: & Zoomed again
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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 01:44

What does the stealthy air data probe do?
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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 02:02

Measure air speed.
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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 03:45

so it stays even when in a full stealthy combat configuration?
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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 04:20

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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 05:17

:mrgreen: Nice aerobraking start (always fascinates NavyPeeps) in this video. :devil:

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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 17:09

thomonkey wrote:so it stays even when in a full stealthy combat configuration?


Yep, it's a basic necessity.
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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 22:16

cantaz wrote:
thomonkey wrote:so it stays even when in a full stealthy combat configuration?


Yep, it's a basic necessity.


Invented by the French engineer Henri Pitot in the early 18th century and modified to its modern form in the mid-19th century by French scientist Henry Darcy, the very earliest bi-planes had these. It seems that if they lacked such things, they would either - 1. overspeed removing wings from fuselage in an unfortunate rapid unscheduled disassembly (RUD) or 2. found the airspeed slowing such that it was insufficient to provide appropriate lift for flight, resulting in a rapid approach to the ground and once again an unfortunate RUD.

Ever since the beginning, such devices have been found "good to have"" on any aircraft, on the premise that "rapid unscheduled disassembies" were not good. IE. = defintion of "basic necessity"

At least the Haters can't accuse the F-35 of not having these. Can you imagine the press that would get?!!!

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Apologies to Space X and their recent use of "RUD," for inspiration to the above discriptions.
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Unread post17 Jan 2015, 22:36

Wasn't the B-2 Air Speed Sensor built into it's body in a different way than the Pitot tube?
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