[USMC/UK] F-35B DT-III FCLPs Sep 2016

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post01 Oct 2016, 03:52

LM F-35 GM Weekly Update
29 Sep 2016 Jeff Babione

F-35B DT-III FCLPs
Switching over to flight test news, the team at Pax River accomplished more than 50 vertical landings last week to complete field carrier landing practice (FCLP) flights, before embarking on F-35B DT-III next month. The at-sea period is the final shipboard testing for the F-35B as part of the system development and demonstration (SDD) testing. The FCLPs are conducted at Pax with the ship’s crew using AM2 matting to simulate the deck of an LHD carrier. This gives the deck crew some valuable experience with the F-35B before working with the jet at sea. This is just the beginning of what promises to be another outstanding success from the test team for this final round of testing.”

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GoogieErf NAS Patuxent River Mid Field with LHA on left and Ski Jump with VL Pad middle of screen grab 20 Oct 2013. I'll guess the testing for F-35B is on the long runway of AM-2 matting immediately to left of ski jump - NOT the LHA marked out on tarmac runway on far left of the JPG.
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F-35 NEWS
Sep 2016 Combat Aircraft Magazine

"...Testing continues to evaluate the F-35B’s ability to carry asymmetric external loads in flight. The tests are designed to ensure that the fighter can operate safely while carrying a 1,000lb (454kg) store under one wing but not the other. Testing has already been conducted in non-crosswind conditions and is now being carried out in stronger crosswinds that might be experienced at sea. The latest round of land-based weapons testing is the final hurdle that the Lightning II must clear before it embarks aboard the USS America (LHA 6) for at-sea developmental testing phase 3 (DT-3) in October 2016. DT-3 is the last of three at-sea testing periods that will ultimately allow the US Marine Corps’ F-35Bs to deploy aboard US Navy amphibious assault ships. The F-35B is currently limited to crosswinds of 15kt during vertical landings. DT-3 will evaluate the aircraft’s ability to operate safely in conditions up to sea state 6, which translates as equivalent to wave heights of 13-20ft (4-6m). The DT-3 tests will involve the use of two instrumented F-35Bs...."

Source: Combat Aircraft Magazine September 2016 Volume 17 Number 9
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Unread post20 Oct 2016, 19:58

A recent severe hurricane may have caused F-35B DT-III disruptions but I do not know. This tidbit gives a clue.... I believe DT-III for F-35B aboard USS America will be conducted off the West Coast USA. The test team from NAS Patuxent River on East Coast may have been affected by the hurricane however?
LM F-35 GM Weekly Update
13 Oct 2016 Jeff Babione

"...F-35Bs Evacuate MCAS Beaufort
In anticipation of Hurricane Matthew last week, Gov. Nikki Haley ordered a mandatory evacuation for many coastal communities in South Carolina, including MCAS Beaufort. As a precaution, VMFAT-501 flew nine F-35Bs from MCAS Beaufort to Eglin AFB in advance of the Category 4 storm. The nine F-35Bs will remain at Eglin AFB until MCAS Beaufort reopens Friday. We wish the men and women at MCAS Beaufort our best as they return home and resume operations...."

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David C Isby Oct 2016 Air International Magazine

"...Thomas Briggs explained: “After we finish here we unload in Norfolk. Our equipment does not go to Patuxent River,
but directly to San Diego for embarkation on the USS America (LHA-6) for the F-35B’s DT III phase.”..."

Source: Air International Magazine October 2016
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Unread post28 Oct 2016, 03:32

A new thread could be appropriate but what the hey - here we go.... Test still ain't started so maybe then? We'll see eh.
LM F-35 GM Weekly Update
27 Oct 2015 Jeff Babione

"F-35B DT-III...
...The success of DT-I showed the world how impressive this aircraft is, and since then, we haven’t looked back. Next week, the test team once again heads out to the open seas to accomplish the final shipboard test detachment for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) test program.

The plan for DT-III is fairly straightforward: expand the shipboard operating envelope to full operational capability. This requires the team to expand night operations, high-winds and-high sea states as well as test a variety of internal and external stores loads. The two stars of the detachment are BF-1 and BF-5, who operated during DT-II, and have accounted for a majority of the more than 1,100 vertical landings and nearly 2,200 short takeoffs for the SDD program.

“This is not a singular event or team accomplishment – It’s the culmination of more than nine years of SDD efforts across the enterprise,” said Bill “Shaggy” Andrews, Pax River ITF site director. “Every time we go out to sea, we all have one focus, one vision, one goal: to produce unrivaled capability for the warfighter.”

I have no doubt this will be another highly successful at-sea period for our test teams. Be safe, and we will see you when you get home!

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Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept
"During the same deployment, the Marine Corps is taking this opportunity to complete the “Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept” demonstration to assess what the support of various Marine Corps aircraft, including 12 F-35Bs, two MV-22Bs, and two H-1 helicopters entails, and to develop the concept of operations for future shipboard deployments. In addition to testing the operational suitability and effectiveness of the F-35B, they will conduct several mission sets such as strike missions, close-air support and armed reconnaissance missions.

In May 2015, the Marine Corps operated six F-35Bs aboard the USS Wasp as part of Operational Test 1 (OT-1), a significant factor leading to F-35B IOC. This deployment doubles the number of aircraft deployed and will provide the most accurate representation of what the F-35B and crew will experience during an operational deployment. Data gathered and lessons learned will lay the groundwork for upcoming F-35B operational deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious carriers...."

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