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Unread post03 Oct 2018, 05:00

I wouldn't read too much into the non-afterburning cat shots in the F-35. Same is true for the Super Hornet, aside from being very heavily loaded (think a 10xGBU-32 scenario), and/or more commonly, "5 Wet" tanker configuration. For most typical launches, to include combat, MIL power is all you need. Different story for the legacy, though it was rarely "required", just a common habit/practice for most of us that flew it. Nothing classified about that, doubt it is for the F-35 either. I have no idea what BuNos were out there......not exactly something I spent my time taking a note of. It was a combination of VFA-101, VFA-125 and I *think* VFA-147 jets. There were 1XX and 4XX series sides/MODEX from what I recall.
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Unread post03 Oct 2018, 11:04

35_aoa wrote:... I have no idea what BuNos were out there......not exactly something I spent my time taking a note of. It was a combination of VFA-101, VFA-125 and I *think* VFA-147 jets. There were 1XX and 4XX series sides/MODEX from what I recall.

Thanks 35_aoa. From pictures and videos the following MODEX were readible (total 7 F-35C).
VFA-101: NJ-101, 169162/NJ-123, NJ-127
VFA-125: NJ-412
VFA-147: NH-403, NH-404, NH-410

Now some sources (http://www.uscarriers.net/cvn72history.htm) say only 6 a/c embarked on August 20. Is it possible the a/c involved in the mishap was replaced? NJ-101 was not seen on the pictures after the date of the mishap (August 22). And NJ-412 was only in pictures from August 23 onward. This is just speculation, but perhaps NJ-101 was the one that got damaged and got replaced by NJ-412.
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Unread post04 Oct 2018, 06:51

Have Bin Sent E-mail Pics BuNo 169305 get tail waxed 407 ....
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Unread post11 Oct 2018, 21:38

F-35s Temporarily Grounded After First Crash; First Fleet F-35C Delivered
11 Oct 2018 David Donald

"...the U.S. Navy’s first front-line squadron to operate the F-35C carrierborne version has received its first aircraft at Naval Air Station Lemoore. VFA-147 “Argonauts” has been using the aircraft of the training unit, VFA-125, while it prepares for fleet service, including participation in pre-IOT&E testing in August. Now the squadron can apply its badge to the first of its allocated aircraft, which are scheduled to undertake a first operational deployment aboard USS Carl Vinson in 2021. The squadron’s use of the name “Argonauts” was approved in 1967 when it was established as the Navy’s first A-7 Corsair II unit. The squadron typically uses the callsign “Jason.”" [HOW appropriate is that - OH THE HORROR! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Voorhees ] {Yes I know 'Jason & the Argonauts'}

Source: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news ... -delivered

HMDS for JASON: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... onmask.jpg
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Unread post22 Oct 2018, 21:30

spazsinbad wrote:
35_aoa wrote:Surprised to get back from 5 weeks at sea and not see a single thread about this.......last 2 weeks we just did F-35 "OT-1". First cyclic CVN F-35 ops in history. Yes, they howl a little more than our Rhinos (much like a Viper), and their formation lights are configured in a weird way so as to make them look like they have cat eyes on the PLAT cam. And yes, Top Gun 2 film crew was there as well, shooting all over the place. Maybe my 15 mins in fame is yet to come.....think I bagged a (settle)/AR OK 2 wire the sunset they were filming at the same time I was flying.

News started here: viewtopic.php?f=57&t=15767&p=400669&hilit=usni#p400669
and:
viewtopic.php?f=57&t=15767&p=400825&hilit=supadupas#p400825

USN has been on info lock down for many months now - before the USAF did same - however the USAF are supposed to come out of their self imposed media cloistering (for OPSEC training for spokespeeps so some can LURN HOW TO SPELL LIGHTNING FOR goodness sake!) soonish like....

Firstly for the sake of STEVEN below above post - it is NASAL RADIATORS - a lot more funniER :doh: Meanwhile USN OPSEC.

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Unread post28 Oct 2018, 01:14

Saw this info today about the COBHAM refueling pods on Oz MRTT KC-30As:
33 Squadron, Topping Up in the Top End!
22 Aug 2018 Phil Munsel

"...Pods – The RAAF’s, KC-30A aircraft are fitted with a pair of all-electric Cobham 905E under-wing refuelling pods with a 90ft hose-and-drogue system to refuel probe-equipped aircraft. The refuelling pods feature integral fuel boost pump which provides a fuel transfer capability up 1703 l/min at 45 to 55 psi. Pods operate with aircraft power, or are self-powered by a Ram Air Turbine (RAT). The drogue (The ‘Basket’ at the end) which is the part of the aerial refuelling system, stabilises the hose in flight and provides a funnel to aid insertion of the receiver aircraft probe into the hose. The RAAF have employed a high speed Variable Drag Drogue (VDD) with unique technology allowing for a stable platform for refuelling of 180-325 knots and a patented ‘low Foreign Object Damage’ construction which eliminates any parts that would cause receiver engine damage in case of breakage. The high speed VDD enables a single tanker to support a variety of aircraft from the Boeing V-22 Osprey to the latest generation fast jets such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter...." [prolly the USN don't have this NOW but may well ONE DAY?]

Photo: "Cobham 905E under-wing refuelling pods with a 90ft hose-and-drogue system" http://aviationspottersonline.com/wp-co ... 8-1122.jpg


Source: http://aviationspottersonline.com/33-sq ... e-top-end/
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Unread post28 Oct 2018, 01:53

spazsinbad wrote:Image


Why is someone who resembles Darth Vader on the that poster above? :mrgreen:
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Unread post06 Nov 2018, 05:55

Lemoore jet fighter squadron is first in Navy to pass this milestone for the F-35C
23 Oct 2018 Lewis Griswold

"A squadron at Lemoore Naval Air Station has a Navy first to brag about. The Navy’s first operational F-35C squadron, VFA-147 based in Lemoore, has achieved “interim safe-for-flight operations certification,” an announcement Tuesday said. “This is a first for the U.S. Navy’s F-35C program,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lydia E. Bock.

It appears that only two final steps remain for the squadron to be officially ready for combat missions.

The certification achieved last week means the squadron can operate as an independent squadron that is no longer tied to the training squadron at Lemoore for F-35Cs.

Next, the VFA-147 “Argonauts” will achieve full safe-for-flight operations certification once it completes its aircraft carrier qualifications. That’s expected by the end of this year.

Early next year, the squadron is expected to achieve “Initial Operating Capability,” meaning it can be assigned to combat missions...."

Source: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/ar ... 12455.html
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Unread post08 Nov 2018, 15:57



WoW. Let me guess, that's Maverick's tower flyby for TopGun 2 :mrgreen:
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Unread post08 Nov 2018, 18:41

The F-35C flyby in the above video begins @ 10:43 for anyone wanting to watch it on utoob.
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, add dollop of F-117 & gob of F-22, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well, then bake. Whaddya get? An F-35.
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Unread post09 Nov 2018, 05:46

Looked everywhere but not enough to find the original clip (I think that commercial movie about the F-35C & CVNs) but did not find so anyway have made a clip from the original long video above to see the F-35C flyby at 1 min 10 seconds in.

Hornet Carrier Ops 2018 West Coast Strike Fighter Ball JOPA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Ficcg2FTU

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Unread post09 Nov 2018, 05:56



Pretty sure I was sitting in a jet when this happened.....I remember a flyby in burner during a similar time of the evening one night that startled the crap out of me as I was starting up my aircraft. Well done either way!
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Unread post09 Nov 2018, 14:21

Any chance you were in any of those shots?
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