[VMFA-211] Marine pilots say F-35 fighter jets are worth it

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Unread post15 Apr 2017, 15:39

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Unread post15 Apr 2017, 16:29

"Intake valves"? :roll:
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Unread post15 Apr 2017, 21:36

And then there's this slightly different edition (below) wherein Leventhal comments about the $100M price tag "...on top of the $1T already spent on research and development."

http://video.foxnews.com/v/539913655400 ... show-clips

C'mon Rick. What is this...Ned in the first reader? You actually have some street cred as a journalist; you can do better than that. Here's a link to the SAR. See page 28 --

https://fas.org/man/eprint/F35-sar-2016.pdf
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Unread post15 Apr 2017, 22:27

quicksilver wrote:And then there's this slightly different edition (below) wherein Leventhal comments about the $100M price tag "...on top of the $1T already spent on research and development."


I think the worst is still the Fox News editorial that said the F-35 would cost $1T annually for maintenance.
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Unread post26 Jun 2017, 11:21

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/mil ... story.html

Marine Corps allows F-35 jets back in the sky

Carl Prine

The Marine Corps has greenlighted the return of F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to the skies over Arizona, following a brief grounding caused by computer glitches. Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, commander of the San Diego-based 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, made the decision on Friday to allow Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 at the Yuma air station to resume flights. Citing “anomalies” detected in the Autonomic Logistics Information System, he had grounded the the Wake Island Avengers the day before. The system, called “ALIS,” transmits details about a jet’s mechanical condition to the ground-based computer network, automatically scheduling maintenance for the aircraft and contacting vendors worldwide to stock needed parts.

In a statement earlier this week, the Marines said investigators from defense contractor Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office believed the problem was rooted in the 2.0.2 software update for ALIS. In a similar statement on Saturday, the Corps said the F-35B’s performance and safety were never compromised by the software snafu. “Reliability of equipment and safety of our personnel are among the Marine Corps' top priorities as we continue transitioning our legacy aircraft to the F-35 in the coming years,” the new statement said. A joint news release issued by the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin said engineers would “continue to monitor and improve ALIS performance” to ensure pilots could continue to operate “safely and effectively.”

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Unread post26 Jun 2017, 11:45

https://news.usni.org/2017/06/23/26413#more-26413

UPDATED: F-35B Operations in Yuma Resume After Temporary Halt Due to Software Update Issues

By: Megan Eckstein
June 23, 2017 2:19 PM •
Updated: June 23, 2017 8:43 PM

This post has been updated after the Marine Corps announced the end of the operational stand-down. Flight operations in Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 resumed after a temporary one-day suspension to fix a problem related to a software update with the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System, the Marine Corps announced. “Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, Commanding General of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, made the decision to temporarily suspend VMFA-211 flight operations pending fixes to a recent ALIS software upgrade within version 2.0.2 that has presented some anomalies,” 3rd Aircraft Wing spokesman Maj. Kurt Stahl said in a Thursday afternoon statement, noting that those anomalies “are related to maintenance codes not being reflected properly in the system.” “There is nothing wrong with the performance or safety of the aircraft itself, but it is imperative that we ensure the ground-based ALIS system is working properly before flight operations continue. The Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have dispatched system engineers to help resolve these issues associated with the ALIS software update.”

F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin officials began working on the software immediately to resolve the anomalies. “The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) and Lockheed Martin Action Team has identified the root cause and generated the software fix to resolve the issues identified by the USMC with their F-35 MCAS Yuma based Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), the management backbone for the F-35 Lightning II,” the JPO announced in a Friday evening statement. “With this fix, VMAF-211 at MCAS Yuma resumed flight operations today. The JPO with LM will continue to monitor and improve ALIS performance to ensure our warfighters have the required F-35 air systems to operate safely and effectively.” “The issues associated with the ALIS software update have been mitigated at MCAS Yuma. The performance and safety of the aircraft itself was not compromised by this software update. Reliability of equipment and safety of our personnel are among the Marine Corps’ top priorities as we continue transitioning our legacy aircraft to the F-35 in the coming years,” the Marine Corps added in the Friday evening statement. Stahl said only VMFA-211 was affected by the stand-down, which does not apply to the Japan-based VMFA-121. Marine Corps headquarters spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns told USNI News earlier on Friday that VMFA-121 had not yet uploaded the software update and would wait for a fix to be discovered before installing the new ALIS software for its squadron. VMFA-211 was the first to attempt the software update and therefore was the one to discover the issues, she said. VMFA-211 had been conducting day-to-day flight operations in Yuma, Ariz., and preparing for the Red Flag combat training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base beginning July 10, Stahl said, noting that the squadron still intends to participate in the exercise despite the short pause in operations.
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Unread post09 Jul 2017, 20:20

Red Flag 17-3 Participants

July 5, 2017
davechng

Upcoming Red Flag 17-3

Starting from July 10 to 28, 2017 This hot summer months in Las Vegas will be all US assets.
If you guys are going it will be very hot by the speedway so drink plenty fluids.
Enjoy

Here are the participating units;

17-3 participants

16th-ACCS- E-8C "Joint STARS" Robins AFB
34th-BS- B-1B "Lancer" Ellsworth AFB
393d-BS- B-2A "Spirit" Whiteman AFB
41st-RQS- HH60 "Pave Hawk" Moody AFB
41st-ECS- EC-130 "Commando Solo" Davis-Monthan AFB
494th-FS- F-15E "Strike Eagle" Lackenheath, UK
55th-FS- F-16C "Fighting Falcon" Shaw AFB
58th-FS- F-35A "Lightning II" Gorillas Eglin AFB
79th-RQS- HC-130J "Combat King II" Davis-Monthan AFB
95th-FS- F22A "Raptor" Mr Bones  Tyndall AFB
965th-AACS- E-3G "Sentry" Awacs Tinker AFB
Tankers- ??
VAQ-134- EA-18G "Growler" Garudas NAS Whidbey Island
VMFA-211-   F-35B "Lightning II" Wake Island Avengers MCAS Yuma
VQ-1- EP-3E "ARIES II" World Watchers NAS Whidbey Island
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Unread post09 Jul 2017, 20:39

Hmmm...

VMFA-211 is from MCAS Yuma and their squadron lineage dates from participation in the battle of Wake Island in 1941. Hence, they are "The Wake Island Avengers."
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Unread post09 Jul 2017, 21:01

quicksilver wrote:Hmmm...

VMFA-211 is from MCAS Yuma and their squadron lineage dates from participation in the battle of Wake Island in 1941. Hence, they are "The Wake Island Avengers."



....Thanks QS, he only had a couple of typos???
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Unread post17 Jul 2017, 04:39

RED FLAG 17-3
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