Navy F-35C DT-III Testing

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 02:34

it would be cool to know the statistics over the years of recorded arrestments for wires 1 thru 4 for the CV/CVN fleet.
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 04:31

From my reading of the old LSO monthly news letters (no longer available online) an huge amount of such statistics must be recorded. There was a glitch when one system of recording was changed for another but I guess it was all sorted. The USN LSO School would be the place to enquire. They may give you some stats. A real pity there is no longer access to:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=15821&p=201204&hilit=four+wire+three+LSO%2A#p201204
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 05:07

More PHOTOs than youse can stick a poke at plus the three earlier videos all on one page at SLDinfo: AND... more photos or the same ones (knowing SLDinfo would be the same - they like repeating themselves) in the next article below here.

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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 05:20

The Future of Naval Aviation Aboard the USS George Washington
21 Aug 2016 Todd Miller

"...12 VFA-101 pilots with 5 F-35Cs completed their carrier qualifications (CQs) in just over 1.5 days. That is, as Capt. James Christie of VFA-101 described, 10 landings and 2 touch and goes each – 120 cats, 120 traps and 24 touch and goes.

As U.S. Navy Commander Ryan “Flopper” Murphy, F-35 ITF Lead said: “the greatest satisfaction was to watch the fleet (VFA-101) start to utilize the aircraft. After all, that is the point of everything we are doing, all the years of work; to equip and empower the Fleet with the F-35C.”

After observing VFA-101 for a few hours, it is clear the equipping and empowering are well underway. Simultaneously the 5 VX-23 pilots performed their CQs. Suffice it to say, the F-35Cs on board were very busy, and from an observer’s perspective, landing and launches were very frequent. There were instances of hot refueling, with pilot changes during refuel and the aircraft cycling back for more CQs.

As VX-23 F-35C pilot Ted “Dutch” Dyckman explained, everybody completed their CQs faster than with the Hornet. The additional fuel on the F-35C, the ease of landing due to Delta Flight Path mode, along with the aircrafts reliability all played a part in the accelerated CQs.

The innovative “Delta Flight Path” mode that is engaged on approach alters the control laws, setting auto throttles and maintaining the optimal 3-degree glide slope to landing. This approach makes the pilots job landing on the carrier much easier, and they were hitting the desired 3 wire almost 100% of the time.

Any wave-offs were driven by deck activities – not derived from within the aircraft. Delta Flight Path utilizes the flaps to add or decrease lift during approach so as to maintain the glide slope. Observers can see tremendous amounts of flap adjustments on aircraft approach to the deck – these are all controlled by the computer to provide the pilot what they want – glideslope to the deck.

The Super Hornet and Growler control laws are being modified to feature the same Delta Flight Path in an initiative called “Magic Carpet.” http://www.sldinfo.com/navair-magic-car ... -18-fleet/

Once Delta Flight Path is fully integrated on the F-35C, F/A-18E/F & EA-18G the efficiencies created will make a profound, operational impact on naval aviation. Numerous pilots identified the benefits provided by Delta Flight Path; safer, less stressful landings on board; pre-embark training cut by as high as 50%; more time available to focus on tactics and missions; reduced wear and tear on aircraft; fuel savings; fewer “tankers” required in the air during recoveries and more.

USMC Major Elroy Northam, a pilot with VX-23 extoled the value of the F-35 in the battlespace as a stealth platform with an advanced sensor suite that will push its way to the forefront of the battlespace, gather all kinds of information as to what is out there, quickly identify “red or blue,” and push it out throughout the force including to legacy aircraft. The information will provide an unparalleled situational awareness (SA), and the guy with the best SA usually wins.

Recently appointed to the new position, Director of Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration, Rear Admiral Roy “Trigger” Kelley was on the USS George Washington for DT-III. Kelley will direct the F-35C program towards IOC.

Given 70% of the world is covered by water, the US Navy-Marine Corps team can expect to be on the frontlines of any potential battle.

Kelley is excited about the capability the F-35C will bring to the Fleet; first day access into contested areas that host sophisticated air defense systems; the ability to utilize stealth and sensors to define the battlespace combined with advanced command and control capabilities that will empower the entire fleet.

The F-35C and associated technologies (Delta Flight Path) will revolutionize Fleet capabilities, particularly when seen in context of the evolving US Navy “kill web” approach. The information gathering and sharing network consisting of the F-35C, P-8A, MQ-4C, Aegis and others will be a foundation for the maritime services operating in the extended battlespace.

Once DT-III is finished the ITF will look forward to DT-III with the F-35B in October, and then close the loop on additional verification of structural load testing on the aircraft. It is expected that their work in this capacity will wrap up the summer of 2017.

For Briggs, (recognized as the 2015 Test and Evaluation Lead Tester: http://www.jsf.mil/news/docs/20160420_Honored.pdf 390Kb) it is hard to put into perspective an effort that has spanned over a decade and a half. One can feel the professional sense of pride he takes in what is being accomplished by the team including the ITF, Lockheed Martin, the USS George Washington, USMC, US Navy and others.

170 personnel from Pax were on the carrier to support the testing, and many more back on land that have been working tirelessly for many years to make it all happen. DT-III is a significant milestone, and it is clear the US Navy is now tracking very quickly and methodically to a very capable IOC."

PHOTO: [late wave off] http://www.sldinfo.com/wp-content/uploa ... 60x640.jpg

Source: http://www.sldinfo.com/the-future-of-na ... ashington/
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 13:55

^------ "OMG the F-35 sux so bad it missed the carrier completely." - Solomon.
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 19:32

sferrin wrote:^------ "OMG the F-35 sux so bad it missed the carrier completely." - Solomon.


LOL, even forgot to lower the hook! Duh.

I often read the captions on those and lately they've been correct, stating the touch and go pass (note: not all touch and goes actually touch the deck). But sometimes you'll see the caption... F-35 landing on the carrier for an image like this.
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 20:24

...and many times (as may be the case with this SDD/VX-23 jet) they have some kind of test point connected with the maneuver or condition -- e.g. a heavyweight wave-off IC-AR (in close, to at-the-ramp), or excessive rotation during the waveoff, or any number of things.
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Unread post22 Aug 2016, 21:18

spazsinbad wrote:Check the glooper at 30 seconds and then the WIGGLES at 45 seconds. :mrgreen:




Mother of God I wouldn't even want to be on the flight deck for that much less be the pilot.
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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 00:03

Good thing the hook missed the wire.
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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 00:06

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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 02:07

Confirmed the 7th aircraft not in any released photograph till now is USMC F-35C #169303 (NJ-126).

My guess is that it was the designated spare.


USNavy F-35C #169303 (NJ-126) from VFA-101 is departing USS George Washington (CVN-73) as part of DT-III testing on ?August? ?16?th, ?2016. [Lockheed Martin photo by Todd R. McQueen]
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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 02:09

Juicy photo of five F-35s on the flight deck at once:

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Nice shot of USN F-35C CF-5:

USNavy F-35C (CF-05) of VX-23 takes off from USS George Washington (CVN-73) during F-35C Development Test III on ?August? ?15th?, ?2016. [Lockheed Martin photo by Todd R. McQueen]
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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 04:03

F-35C Development Test III
16 Aug ‎2016 LM Flickr

“Four F-35Cs from VFA-101 depart USS George Washington (CVN-73). Lockheed Martin photo by Todd R. McQueen. Learn more: lmt.co/2byldPY "

PHOTO: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/284 ... b8_o_d.jpg (3.3Mb)

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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 04:35

Yes, I also uploaded that photo tonight to this site. Caption makes me think the VFA-101 aircraft have left USS George Washington leaving the two VX-23 aircraft and possibly the one VFA-101 aircraft not photographed here to continue DT-III testing. Time will tell.


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Unread post23 Aug 2016, 05:08

spazsinbad wrote:..“Four F-35Cs from VFA-101 depart USS George Washington (CVN-73). Lockheed Martin photo by Todd R. McQueen. ..
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...slight observation, three Marines and one Navy F-35C
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