Australian lawmakers confident in F-35's future

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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 07:11

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Nice! :D

Would have been good to have added a couple of Wedgies into that formation. The F-35 is more than a fighter, it is a forward sensor and tactical controller and its PR entrance here should have reflected that imo.
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 09:06

Congratulations Australia - warms my heart to see the first two arrive!
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 10:21

PICTURES: Australian F-35As arrive home down under
10 Dec 2018 Greg Waldron

"...two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) jets (A35-009 and A35-010) reached their new home after a ferry flight across the Pacific from Luke AFB in Arizona..."

Photos: https://www.flightglobal.com/assets/get ... emid=75459 & https://www.flightglobal.com/assets/get ... emid=75460

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... er-454261/
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 14:56

F-35 fighters arrive on Australian soil
10 Dec 2018 Nigel Pittaway

"...The two aircraft had been delivered to the RAAF at Luke in September and October and delivered to Williamtown via Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and RAAF Base Amberley, south-east of Brisbane. The pair were flown on the final leg of the journey by the commanding officer of No. 3 Squadron, Wing Commander Darren Clare and Squadron Leader Red Borrman. No. 3 Squadron is the first Australian F-35 squadron....

...“Today marks a very important day for the Australian Defence Force and particularly the Royal Australian Air Force,” Davies Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal ‘Leo’ Davies] said. “Welcome to the latest chapter of the F-35 story, the most significant Royal Australian Air Force acquisition in our 97-year history," he continued. "The two aircraft that landed here today mark the latest step in an exciting journey for Air Force, which has been over 16 years in the making.” Davies also quoted his predecessor in the top role, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, when he said, “The Joint Strike Fighter replaces nothing, but changes everything; it requires a new way of thinking and a new way of operating.”

...The two aircraft will now conduct a period of verification and validation testing to ensure they are compatible with local ICT systems and infrastructure – including Australia’s sovereign version of the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). Together with further deliveries of aircraft, this work will conclude with the initial operational capability (IOC) milestone, scheduled at the end of 2020. Two more aircraft will be delivered to Williamtown in April 2019 and eight aircraft will have been delivered by the end of the year. The Hornet is due to be retired by the end of 2023...."

Photo: "The first F-35 fighters to be permanently based in Australia fly in formation with four RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornets on their arrival." https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/YSexA ... uality(100)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-mco.s3.amazonaws.com/public/TC7UYGIIRFGSXFWMQ2ODVIFCXI.jpg


Source: https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia ... lian-soil/
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 17:07

spazsinbad wrote:
PICTURES: Australian F-35As arrive home down under
10 Dec 2018 Greg Waldron

"...two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) jets (A35-009 and A35-010) reached their new home after a ferry flight across the Pacific from Luke AFB in Arizona..."


Does anyone know which route and stops did these F-35s take?
I'm asking this because it would be fun to try to recreate such flight on Prepar3d PC flight sim :D
A 4th/4.5th gen fighter aircraft stands about as much chance against a F-35 as a guns-only Sabre has against a Viper.
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 17:15

'ricnunes' you will see the route a few pages back on this thread: you will see this quote on previous page this thread:
"...The two F-35’s are wearing No.3 Squadron emblems on their vertical stabilisers and are aircraft 09 and 10 (Serials: A35-009 and A35-010 respectively). The aircraft departed Luke AFB on Monday the 3rd of December at 12:30pm (U.S. time) and stopped over at Hickham AFB in Hawaii Tuesday night (AEST time) and completed their journey across the Pacific from Hickham to Amberley in nine hours under the callsign Aussie 1023...."
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 17:51

spazsinbad wrote:
F-35 fighters arrive on Australian soil
10 Dec 2018 Nigel Pittaway

"...... Two more aircraft will be delivered to Williamtown in April 2019 and eight aircraft will have been delivered by the end of the year. The Hornet is due to be retired by the end of 2023...."


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This probably belongs on the Canadudes thread but I couldn't help but notice how cool it was to see the future of Australian airpower in the same photo as [sarc On] the ultra modern vision of the exciting future of Canadian airpower! [sarc Off]

The photo almost resembles an image that might exist some day as the Canadians send 4 aircraft to help the coalition bomb some target, but need to have two Aussies escort them in case of some day 2 popup threats.

(Aussie pilots thinking all the while, "why are we doing this? when we could just bomb the target ourselves? ... oh yeah coalition esprit de corps .. go Canadudes! you can do it! Rah Rah!")

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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 20:46

:devil: 'BP' Excellent. Canadians must be thrilled to see their 'new' aircraft break in front of the F-35s & watching crowd. :doh:

RAAF F-35As Arrive Willamtown 10 Dec 2018 - 4 Hornets Break https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-yRWh32Dl8

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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:24

Spaz,
I was taught a long time ago that if you had nothing nice to say you should shut your pie hole. Your never ending bashing of Canada and Canadian defense policy is getting incredibly tiresome. You of course have the right to lambaste politicians and policies all you like. However to infer that Canadians are incapable of deciding our own defense or that we are somehow deficient in our ability to defend ourselves is offensive and quite frankly down right childish. So this then begs the question what was it that we Canucks did to you that's got you riled up? Is it that our beer is better? Or that we can skate on ice and play a man's game? Whatever it is I dont really give a damn. Stop with the puerile commentary.
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:33

:mrgreen: Pity you were not 'taught' to have a sense of humour as well. :doh: I guess it is not your 'fault' that you are Canadian. :roll:
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:35

Pity that you weren't taught any common sense - if you have to be taught about a sense of humor .... well the jokes on you!!
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:41

:bang: You may NOT have noticed that 'taught' was ' ' - similarly SMILIES were added to denote a JOKE JOYCE - SHIRLEY :bang:
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:41

Pity that Canucks are incapable of deciding (or providing) their own defense, or electing competent representatives or leaders to do the same... relying instead on “big brother” to their South, with whom they love to bash at every opportunity.

Of, Canaduh duh duh, indeed. :doh:

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Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:48

steve2267 wrote: or electing competent representatives or leaders to do the same...

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Yes because our Yankee cousins are a shining example of electing a leader who doesn't lie, sleep with pornstars or has a modicum of respect for the rest of the planet .....
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Unread post10 Dec 2018, 21:56

ChippyHo wrote:
steve2267 wrote: or electing competent representatives or leaders to do the same...

:devil:

Yes because our Yankee cousins are a shining example of electing a leader who doesn't lie, sleep with pornstars or has a modicum of respect for the rest of the planet .....


If you’ve come looking for absolution of Canaduhduh’s idiotic defence procurement practices, you’ve come to the wrong forum, eh.
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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