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Unread post04 Jan 2010, 15:58

Interesting to see we have a new troll for the new year and yes i'd agree he's living up to his name really rather well.
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Unread post07 Jan 2010, 08:15

Where are new F-35 plan ? they must take STOVL in Jan ?
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Unread post08 Jan 2010, 15:19

As noted by our ever vigilant forum participants STOVL flights have begun. :applause:

Full story: F-35B begins in-flight STOVL operations


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USMC BF-01 Initial Transition flight at NAS Patuxent River, MD. Mr. Graham Tomlinson is the Test Pilot. First time the STOVL lift system (MODE 4) has been engaged in flight. [LM photo by Andy Wolfe]
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Unread post09 Feb 2010, 08:02

Does anybody know when Lockheed will begin hiring for various other F-35 jobs....I am a Armament Systems Technician and have submitted for about 8 weapons jobs with the F-35 with lockheed. Do they take a long time to reply?? Maybe my resume does not meet there "computer's" requirements. I want the job at Eglin but it is beginning to look grim. Any info or help would be much appreciated!!!
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Unread post10 Feb 2010, 21:42

wingster1 wrote:Does anybody know when Lockheed will begin hiring for various other F-35 jobs....I am a Armament Systems Technician and have submitted for about 8 weapons jobs with the F-35 with lockheed. Do they take a long time to reply?? Maybe my resume does not meet there "computer's" requirements. I want the job at Eglin but it is beginning to look grim. Any info or help would be much appreciated!!!


Howdy and welcome!

You might get a faster response if you ask the question in the F-16 job/carrer forum: http://www.f-16.net/f-16_forum_index-c-9.html

Good luck!

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Unread post11 Feb 2010, 19:49

How about that, BF-3 four flights and a BF-2 flight in one week -- despite two feet of snow at PAX. :applause:

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Unread post12 Feb 2010, 13:23

energo wrote:How about that, BF-3 four flights and a BF-2 flight in one week -- despite two feet of snow at PAX. :applause:

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Very interesting. Thanks for the (continual) updates.

Provides a very interesting counter-point to those who think that L-M can not even manage 12 flight tests per month, per airframe...
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Unread post12 Feb 2010, 23:44

Conan wrote:
energo wrote:How about that, BF-3 four flights and a BF-2 flight in one week -- despite two feet of snow at PAX. :applause:

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Very interesting. Thanks for the (continual) updates.

Provides a very interesting counter-point to those who think that L-M can not even manage 12 flight tests per month, per airframe...
When did that happen?

Here is the total of FY2010 F-35 test flights as of 11 Feb. The fiscal year ends in Oct, so if LM is gonna get in the 1200 flights scheduled...

AA-1 FY2010-1

BF-1 FY2010=12

BF-2 FY2010=9

BF-3 FY2010=4

AF-1 FY2010=3
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Unread post26 Feb 2010, 20:36

Gaining momentum: 31 days - 3 aircraft - 16 flights!


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Unread post28 Feb 2010, 04:25

Could we please see some realistic numbers regarding the flight test program? According to Stephen Trimble about two weeks ago less than 30 of 1,200 planned flights for FY2010 had been completed more than 5 months into the FY. In order to catch up they'd need around 180 flights a month for the next 6 months or been averaging 100 a month for this FY. We all know the flight test program is far behind schedule. The main questions should be when does it stop falling further behind and when it starts catching up. It would be useful to know if Trimble is accurate.
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Unread post28 Feb 2010, 14:52

"Could we please see some realistic numbers regarding the flight test program?"

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Unread post28 Feb 2010, 15:30

energo wrote:As noted by our ever vigilant forum participants STOVL flights have begun. :applause:

Full story: F-35B begins in-flight STOVL operations


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USMC BF-01 Initial Transition flight at NAS Patuxent River, MD. Mr. Graham Tomlinson is the Test Pilot. First time the STOVL lift system (MODE 4) has been engaged in flight. [LM photo by Andy Wolfe]


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Unread post28 Feb 2010, 19:40

The sim demo pilot says a 'red button' has to be pressed to go into STOVL mode (as I recall). I would think that computer flight laws will not allow that huge door to be oversped and other computer control flight laws will help protect the aircraft from bone head pilots methinks. 'I could be todally rong but I'm a dancing fool...' (Frank Zappa).
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Unread post18 Mar 2010, 21:07

First vertical landing by the F-35 today. Read more.

Watch the amazing video: LINK

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Unread post20 Mar 2010, 00:40

The new estimate is an average cost of $114 to $135 million:
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