F-35 first flight

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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PhillyGuy

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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 02:02

Hey guys look what I've got, VIDEO of AA-1's high speed taxi test today at FW, enjoy. Link
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 02:11

Nice!
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 03:55

You can download a short video of the hi-speed taxi from this Lockheed Martin site....

http://images.teamjsf.com/main.php?g2_v ... temId=3194
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 04:38

Very interesting. The picture below shows the aircraft with the hook down.


F-35 Lightning II on 11 December 2006. [LMTAS Photo]


And thanks for the link to the video. The sound of the engine is very peculiar, turning into a high-pitched whine at the end just as the airplane is crossing in front of the camera.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 07:56

Wasn't able to download or view video from the teamjsf site. :( Oh, well.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 15:13

9AM take off on Friday...BUT its foggy

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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 15:38

WX - KFTW 151345Z 151412 17007KT 3SM BR SCT300 TEMPO 1416 1/4SM FG VV001

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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 16:05

Blue skies to the first flight!!!

Someone mentioned a page or so back about the F-35 being taller than the F-22 on the ground. There is a fairly obvious reason for this. The F-35 need more room to load the JDAMS (or whatever A2G munitions) internally than the F-22 needs for the A2A missiles it carries internally. I have talked with a loader (I'm just a crew chief, after all!) about a demo he watched live a while back on the F-22. He said, from his perspective, that the F-22 didn't look like it had much room to play with on loading it. Maybe they actually thought about this and fixed the potential problem on the F-35 before it became an issue. These are just oppinions, though.

Oh, sorry if I just posted to remarkably similar posts. I had computer issues when I tried to post this the first time...
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 16:34

Anyone know where there's a webcast of it? I tried pentagonchannel.mil, but it's not there.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 16:50

There is a webfeed on teamjsf.com, but it is subscription-based and expensive. As I understand it, no media is allowed, but they will have a press briefing and post video for public view on teamjsf.com immediately following flight.

The flight is to last approximately one hour and will include retracted landing lear and various systems tests.

As of now there is a weather hold due to fog. Will update again if possible.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 16:54

Nice videos.

It looked to me that the horizontal stabilizer was not moving at all while taxing. I have not seen this before in a jet with some sort of damping system. Could it be that they disabled the horizontal damper for the taxi tests just to avoid any oscillations that this may lead to?
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 17:26

The fog is lifting here at LMAero and first flight for the F-35 is now scheduled for 11:00cst. Stay tuned.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 17:54

1 open windows media player
2 choose file open URL and enter http://v2.teamJSF.com/lmco_fftest
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 18:05

Smitty you are the man...must be a backdoor.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 18:06

Thanks for the link!!! :cheers: :notworthy:
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