F-35C DT-II TESTING CVN

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post03 Oct 2015, 19:02

Landing on a wet deck amongst a cloudy overcast day. You can't ask for a more beautiful shot to film.

The very wet deck also proves the F-35C's deck landing capability in not ideal conditions
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Unread post03 Oct 2015, 19:06

8) :drool: :devil: FARK! Thanks for that 'KRB' I did not realise the F-35C could do an SRVL to a wet deck! Thank goodness for slow landings for that first sequence. :mrgreen: :doh: :roll: [Rewatched video to see they catch No.2 - target - wire, as per post below]
F-35C Lightning II Flexes Sea Legs, Boards USS Eisenhower for Second Phase of Developmental Test
03 Oct 2015 U.S. Navy PR

"Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variants conducted their first arrested landings aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) off the coast of the eastern United States on Oct. 2.

U.S. Navy test pilots Cmdr. Tony "Brick" Wilson and LT Chris "TJ" Karapostoles landed F-35C test aircraft CF-03 and CF-05, respectively, aboard USS Eisenhower's flight deck. The arrested landing is part of the F-35's two week at-sea Developmental Testing (DT-II) phase.

DT-II is the second of three at-sea test phases planned for the F-35C. Naval aircraft undergo DT-I, -II and -III test phases in order to ensure the development of aircraft that meet specifications and to identify mission critical issues sufficiently early in the test phase to deliver fully capable aircraft in time for their scheduled initial operating capability (IOC).

During DT-I in 2014, the F-35 Lightning II made aviation history when it conducted its inaugural arrested landings and catapult launches aboard an aircraft carrier. The first-ever carrier-based flight operations of the F-35C occurred Nov. 3 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). F-35C test pilots and engineers from the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Maryland, tested the suitability and integration of the aircraft with carrier air and deck operations in an at-sea environment Nov. 3-14. The F-35C demonstrated exceptional performance both in the air and on the flight deck, accelerating the team's progress through the DT-I schedule, achieving 100 percent of the threshold test points three days early and conducting night ops during DT-I - an unheard of feat since the Navy's F-4 era. Test pilots and engineers credited the F-35C's Delta Flight Path (DFP) technology with significantly reducing pilot workload during the approach to the carrier, increasing safety margins during carrier approaches and reducing touchdown dispersion.

"The follow-on sea trials of the F-35C are possible through the cooperation and teamwork of the USS Eisenhower," said Andrew Maack, Chief Test Engineer and Government Site Director of the Naval Variants ITF. "The men and women of the Eisenhower have partnered with the Pax River ITF test team in pursuit of a common goal - testing the F-35C in the at-sea environment. Together, their expertise and full measure of hard work and dedication will equip us with the data necessary to determine the path ahead for the F-35C."

The F-35C will perform a variety of operational maneuvers during DT-II - including catapult takeoffs and arrested landings - while simulating maintenance operations and conducting general maintenance and fit tests for the aircraft and support equipment. Following the analysis of DT-II test data, the team will conduct a thorough assessment of the F-35C's performance in the shipboard environment before advising the Navy on any adjustments necessary to ensure that the fifth-generation fighter is ready to meet its scheduled IOC in 2018...."

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Unread post03 Oct 2015, 21:15

F-35C Lightning Boards Ike for Developmental Testing
03 Oct 2015 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Hillary Browning, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

"...The purpose of DT-II is to test the suitability and integration of the F-35C in an at-sea environment. The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) will run through a series of tests designed to increase the aircraft's operability at sea. The Ike crew partnered with the Patuxent River ITF test team to ensure the ship was prepared to receive the aircraft.

"We brought a team from the Eisenhower to Patuxent River about two months ago," said Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Kitts. "We have a steam catapult built into our runway. We took some steps with the crew here to bring them up to speed by training them on the F-35 to get them a little bit more familiar with our aircraft."

The F-35C will perform a variety of operational maneuvers during DT-II while simulating maintenance operations and conducting general maintenance and fit tests for the aircraft and support equipment.

Following the analysis of DT-II test data, the team will conduct a thorough assessment of the F-35C's performance in the shipboard environment before advising the Navy on any adjustments necessary to ensure the fifth-generation fighter is ready to meet its scheduled IOC in 2018.

"The goal of this test phase is to find out how we can expand the envelope in which this aircraft works in an effective and safe fashion," Kitts said. "We have a huge team working on this, and I know that each time I get in this aircraft it's the culmination of a lot of people's hard work."

The F-35C - the Navy's and Marine Corps' carrier-suitable variant (CV) - combines unprecedented at-sea stealth with fighter speed and agility, fused targeting, cutting-edge avionics, advanced jamming, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. With a broad wingspan, reinforced landing gear, ruggedized structures and durable coatings, the F-35C will stand up to harsh shipboard conditions. The avionics also equip the pilot with real-time, spherical access to battlespace information and commanders at sea-in the air and on the ground-with an instantaneous, high-fidelity single picture view of ongoing operations.

"The Ike crew is very interested," Kitts said. "The Sailors are really curious about the F-35C and a lot of them have really great questions and we encourage them to ask. These Sailors are who we're working for to get this aircraft ready to be in the fleet so they can use it."..."

PHOTO: http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/ ... 75-027.JPG [UFO at the ramp for barricade] :mrgreen:

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Unread post03 Oct 2015, 21:28

Not all 'cross deck pendants' (arrestor wires/wires) set for arrival - confident buggas. NIMITZ class graphic from:

[ADDITION: According to the 'snag 2 wire report' below http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/10/03/video ... r-testing/ ) we can see in the pitcha that No.4 wire is the last one with the barricade sheave and then No.3 wire not connected with the F-35C pulling out No.2 wire.]

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https://farm1.staticflickr.com/705/2191 ... 1e_o_d.jpg (Lockheed Martin photo by Andrew McMurtrie)

Photo Album: F-35C Sea Trials 2015 The purpose of CVN DT-II is to test F-35C in the at-sea environment

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"F-35C Sea Trials Aboard USS Eisenhower- Day 1
An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), as part of the second C-variant at-sea ship trials. The purpose of CVN DT-II is to test F-35C carrier suitability and integration in the at-sea environment. Learn more: bit.ly/1Oe953l (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Utah Kledzik/Released)"

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Unread post03 Oct 2015, 23:15

:devil: At least someone is fretting for the rest of us about the safety of the USN F-35C test pilots. BZ. :doh:

http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com.au/20 ... icane.html

Little does SNAFUboybli realise that a CVN - FAST - can go places - FAST - where weather is much much more betta. :roll:
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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 01:23

spazsinbad wrote::devil: At least someone is fretting for the rest of us about the safety of the USN F-35C test pilots. BZ. :doh:

http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com.au/20 ... icane.html

Little does SNAFUboybli realise that a CVN - FAST - can go places - FAST - where weather is much much more betta. :roll:


The idiots on that forum.

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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 03:51

Looks as though 'maus92' was successful - storm veers away from land - difficult to tell from dunnunder. As always sturm und drang has own mind - mind. Kinda takes the wind outta dem sails of wolof BLOWhardsBloggers. :mrgreen: ChickenLittle - always pissin' into dat wind. :mrgreen: Snafoot Doubles down here: http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com.au/20 ... rials.html
Navy: Fleet to remain ready to set sail for storm, but will likely not need to
02 Oct 2015 Dianna Cahn

"The Navy is keeping its Atlantic fleet on the ready in case ships need to set sail to ride out the hurricane at sea.

But with new storm projections showing Hurricane Joaquin veering away from land as it makes its way up the Atlantic Coast this weekend, it’s unlikely the ships will be called on to get underway.

“It looks like they are going to stay in port,” Fleet Forces spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Turo said.

This can change, Turo said, as the storm nears and projections are updated. But right now, she said, the commander of Fleet Forces, Adm. Phil Davidson, wanted the ships ready just in case.

On Thursday, the Navy set sortie conditions to "B" meaning ships should be ready to set sail within 24 hours. That condition remains."

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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 04:39

F-35C is At Sea for its 2nd Developmental Test (DT-II)
03 Oct 2015 DefUp

"...Naval aircraft undergo DT-I, -II and -III test phases in order to ensure the development of aircraft that meet specifications and to identify mission critical issues sufficiently early in the test phase to deliver fully capable aircraft in time for their scheduled initial operating capability (IOC)....
Photo & Caption: "Two F-35Cs from the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 are conducting follow-on developmental test (DT-II) sea trials aboard the Eisenhower. Cmdr. Tony “Brick” Wilson flew aircraft 73/CF-03 (pictured above) and Lt. Chris “TJ” Karapostoles flew aircraft 75/CF-05. Photo: Andrew McMurtrie, Lockheed Martin" http://defense-update.com/wp-content/up ... son450.jpg


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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 04:49

Navy F-35Cs Return To The Carrier For More Development Flights
03 Oct 2015 TiredRogerAway

"The Navy and Joint Strike Fighter team have gone back to the carrier for further test, integration and development flights with the F-35C. Two of the jets landed aboard the USS Eisenhower yesterday for what will be two weeks of at-sea trials. Their arrival was a wet one, a rare occasion for the F-35 which is usually seen flying in fair weather conditions...."

[Addition: According to this report below ( http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/10/03/video ... r-testing/ ) in the pitcha below we look at the F-35C between No.1 wire on the right and No.2 wire on the left - about to 'snag No.2 wire'.]

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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 05:14

Video: F-35Cs Land Aboard USS Eisenhower for Carrier Testing
03 Oct 2015 Brendan McGarry

"Two of the U.S. Navy’s F-35C variants of the Joint Strike Fighter jet on Friday landed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for another round of tests at sea, the program office announced.

The fifth-generation fighters made by Lockheed Martin Corp. snagged the ship’s two-wire, the intended target, amid stormy weather from Hurricane Joaquin off the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a statement from Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the program office.

“Despite a hurricane churning at sea and some of the worst weather experienced on the east coast of the U.S. in years, two F-35Cs landed aboard the USS Eisenhower yesterday to begin the F-35C DT-2 sea trial,” he said in the email...."

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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 16:39

What a diff a day makes - WX fine & beaut: (somebody oughtta tell sollylollysnafusifu)
Atlantic Ocean 03 Oct 2015
"An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 prepares to make an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The F-35C Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force is currently conducting follow-on sea trials aboard the Eisenhower. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jameson E. Lynch (Released) 151003-N-QD363-164"

PHOTO: http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/ ... 63-164.jpg

Atlantic Ocean 03 Oct 2015
"An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 makes and arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The F-35C Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force is currently conducting follow-on sea trials aboard the Eisenhower. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jameson E. Lynch (Released) 151003-N-QD363-165"

PHOTO: http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/ ... 63-165.jpg

Atlantic Ocean 03 Oct 2015
"An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 prepares to take-off from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The F-35C Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force is currently conducting follow-on sea trials aboard the Eisenhower. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch (Released) 151003-N-KK394-458"

PHOTO: http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/ ... 94-458.jpg

Atlantic Ocean 03 Oct 2015
"An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The F-35C Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force is currently conducting follow-on sea trials aboard the Eisenhower. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch (Released) 151003-N-KK394-373"

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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 21:02

With IDLC and DFP doing all the work them Naval Aviators won't have any abilities to brag about. Maybe now they can focus on tactics instead of just getting home?
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Unread post04 Oct 2015, 21:21

That is exactly the stated aim - although I would be more polite stating it. :mrgreen: Example - the LSO giving the 'Magic Carpet' brief at TAILHOOK 2015. OneSuch Quote (for Georgians [LSO]) at 5min 28sec into the video with others following....

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Unread post05 Oct 2015, 09:56

Navy F-35C pilot gears up for testing on carrier Ike
04 Oct 2015 Lance M. Bacon

"Do you want to know what it is like to fly the Navy's F-35C Joint Strike Fighter?

Well, that’s too bad, because “there are no words to describe it,” Lt. Cmdr. “Anoya” Hess said. He has been a JSF driver for two years and is still at a loss for words.

“It is an amazing piece of machinery,” he said.

The Navy’s next big JSF test is set for mid-October, if weather permits. Two F-35Cs, the Navy's carrier-landing variant, are set to spend 10 days training with carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower off the Virginia coast. The pair will conduct day and night carrier qualifications, night operations with the Generation III Helmet Mounted Display, Delta Flight Path testing, and F-35 Joint Precision Approach and Landing System testing.

Hess, who served as a landing signal officer when JSF made its first carrier landing aboard the carrier Nimitz in November 2014, will pilot one of the two test birds. Countless simulator landings and practice at the JSF’s home base of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, has given Hess confidence as the date draws near. Still, he admits that he is “really excited to see what it can do behind the boat.”

The former F-14 Tomcat pilot, who went on to fly F/A-18 Super Hornets, described the JSF as a combination of current technologies and lessons learned from previous fighters.

“It takes that entire operational picture and gives you complete [situational awareness] as to what is going on in the battle space at all times and enables you to share with other assets in the fight with you,” said the 14-year vet, who asked Navy Times to withhold his first name out of concern for his security.

Despite the jet’s leap-ahead technology, the learning curve is not as steep as one might expect, he said.

Much of that is due to the $600,000 helmet, which Hess identified as the hardest thing to leave behind if he were to return to flying Super Hornets. Its visor replaces the traditional Heads-up Display. Every detail the pilot needs, from flight data to targeting information, is displayed in the helmet.

Then you add in the Distributed Aperture System, which streams real-time imagery from six infrared cameras. This allows pilots to “look through” the airframe.

Second only to the helmet on Hess’ list is the ease of flight controls. It is “very simple to handle whenever tasks are going on from a mission standpoint,” he said...."

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