F-35C DT-II TESTING CVN

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 15:49

These info PDFs are only just on me radar so here is some old news: via: https://www.f35.com/resources/general-m ... kly-update
A Message from Lorraine Martin
20 Aug 2015 Lorraine Martin LM PR

"...Back in the states, CF-3 at Pax River completed the first Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) approaches with an F-35. This mission is an important part of the shore-based workups the Pax ITF team is required to accomplish in preparation for the upcoming F-35C ship trials this fall. JPALS will primarily be used by pilots during night time and poor weather ship board landing operations...."

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A Message from Lorraine Martin
17 Sep 2015 Lorraine Martin LM PR

"...In October [2015], the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) will host CF-3 and CF-5, as well as the Pax River test team for F-35C DT-II. The team is ready to get back out to sea and continue to expand the envelope for the carrier variant. The focus of the testing is on arrested landing, catapult performance and handling qualities, including max catapult shots up to 60,000 pounds with full internal weapons load. Other planned testing includes crosswind catapults, Gen III helmet testing and assessment, and a wide range of maintenance activities, including engine runs. Upon completion of testing, the Carrier Suitability team from the ITF will be in a position to develop and release the first fleet-ready launch and recovery bulletins allowing future fleet F-35C pilots to safely train and operate from NIMITZ-Class Aircraft Carriers. We look forward to completing this important testing and I will report on the progress of the detachment once the ship is underway.

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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 16:25

F-35C Sea Trials Aboard USS Eisenhower
02 Oct 2015 LM Flickr

"The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) is conducting the second phase of F-35C carrier suitability and integration developmental testing (DT-II) aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy Photo Courtesy Lockheed Martin photographer Andrew McMurtrie)" https://farm1.staticflickr.com/580/2198 ... 3a_o_d.jpg

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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 17:48

maus92 wrote:In the 3rd video of Dragon's set, watch the rolling moment to the left on the longitudinal axis just after the aircraft touches down. I noticed that on the 02OCT vids, and these 03OCT vids. Happens on both the touch and go, and the arrested landing. Not sure what's causing that.


Asymmetric Internal Loads?

I believe the pilot interviews noted those tests as an important part of this phase.
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 17:56

maus92 wrote:In the 3rd video of Dragon's set, watch the rolling moment to the left on the longitudinal axis just after the aircraft touches down. I noticed that on the 02OCT vids, and these 03OCT vids. Happens on both the touch and go, and the arrested landing. Not sure what's causing that.


Not unusual at all. Youtube is full of videos of every other USN aircraft doing the same thing at one time or another.
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 18:10

VX-23 CMDR Wilson tells of the future DT-III aims for asymmetric store loads during IKE interview 05 Oct 2015 (audio only).
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 19:24

In the LM flickr post, this shot shows a missing tail hook cover during launch.

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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 20:16

Aaahhh the AvWEAKwags (the proper kind) are at it again... http://aviationweek.com/defense/watch-f ... eisenhower
"...The trials, expected to take two weeks, build upon work done in November 2004 on USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego...."
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 20:40

spazsinbad wrote:https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/21980228011/sizes/o/


"Oh ma gawd the cover fell off. Cancel the Just So Farsical already."
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 21:25

sferrin wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/21980228011/sizes/o/


"Oh ma gawd the cover fell off. Cancel the Just So Farsical already."


Nah.. it's just the next gen of stealth.

Here is the whole plane:

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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 22:10

checksixx wrote:
archeman wrote:Solomon was going to "win" in his personal echo-chamber/blog no matter what in this case.
* If the F-35C flys out then "They Are SO Desperate"
* If they keep them home then "F-35C Afraid of Stormy Weather"


LoL...he banned me after I told him he was a douche (after destroying his article).
I simply reminded him about his ebola-doom predictions and told him to kill himself.
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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 23:29

http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/ ... hurricane/
F-35C lands on CVN in middle of crappy weather because of hurricane
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Unread post07 Oct 2015, 00:55

SpudmanWP wrote:
sferrin wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/21980228011/sizes/o/


"Oh ma gawd the cover fell off. Cancel the Just So Farsical already."


Nah.. it's just the next gen of stealth.

Here is the whole plane:

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Linda Carter beat you to it:

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Unread post07 Oct 2015, 15:16

Back to the visible world - a great arresting moment indeed. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedm ... 7081973804
"F-35C Sea Trials Aboard USS Eisenhower 02 Oct 2015 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedm ... ateposted/ “Cmdr. Tony "Brick" Wilson makes an arrested landing with an F-35C Lightning II aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the second developmental test (DT-II) phase of the next-generation strike fighter. Wilson made naval aviation history Nov. 3, 2014 when he made the inaugural F-35C arrested landing aboard the flight deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Wilson and a team from the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 are conducting carrier suitability and integration testing of the F-35C. (U.S. Navy Photo Courtesy Lockheed Martin photographer Andrew McMurtrie)” https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5655/219 ... 3f_o_d.jpg
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Unread post08 Oct 2015, 13:57

Light this candle (small JPG version): http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/ ... 94-141.jpg (2.6Mb) 06 Oct 2015
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