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[UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 08:41
by spazsinbad
Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSOfqs2a8U
20 Aug 2019 iTV

"This new three-part documentary series follows a trio of fighter pilot recruits as they attempt to become the best of the best - to be selected to fly the RAF’s brand new F-35 Lightning jet." [47 mins]



Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 23:29
by lamoey
At 15:10 the pilot is saying "the lightest helmet I have ever worn". That is a very significant statement after all the commotion about the helmet weight in the media the last few years.

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 23:37
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Quite a significant statement indeed.

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2019, 01:30
by spazsinbad
lamoey wrote:At 15:10 the pilot is saying "the lightest helmet I have ever worn". That is a very significant statement after all the commotion about the helmet weight in the media the last few years.

MY view is 'the helmet weight' was related to the F-35 lightweight pilot ejection issues. However it was never mentioned the ejection seat was calibrated initially for a '4lb HMDS' and NOT the '4.5?' helmet it became with HMDS III (now 4.25lb?). This F-35 issue is all fixed now by various means to be 'the lightest'. I guess the reference is too OLD HELMETS with NVGs?

[My HMDS weights were a bit off - here are latest for HMDS III modified for lighter weight and earlier weight]: also the majority of pilots will comment on how well balanced the HMDS is with the visors (I guess now one less/interchangeable).
"...The prototype helmet tested last month weighs about 4.63 pounds, approximately 6 ounces lighter than the original Gen III helmet ..." 19 Apr 2016 viewtopic.php?f=62&t=16223&p=321233&hilit=weight+pounds#p321233

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2019, 07:08
by popcorn
A well made video, looking forward to the next installment.

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2019, 07:59
by beepa
At 40.29 "uses a Rolls Royce Lift Fan that turns by 90 degrees". Canada might get it's two engines after all... :P

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2019, 15:46
by lamoey
spazsinbad wrote:I guess the reference is too OLD HELMETS with NVGs?


That is exactly my take. This guy is an experienced pilot and may have used older HMCS or perhaps only a standard helmet with NVG's.

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2019, 18:21
by quicksilver
lamoey wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:I guess the reference is too OLD HELMETS with NVGs?


That is exactly my take. This guy is an experienced pilot and may have used older HMCS or perhaps only a standard helmet with NVG's.


I don’t know what the raw weights are for the substantial variety of helmets used around the world. However, I do know that how that weight is balanced on the helmet affects one’s perceptions of how much it weighs, as well as how much fatigue is induced (particularly in the neck) over the course of a given sortie.

Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2019, 04:36
by spazsinbad
Fighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun | Episode 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk9Sd_9HR80


Re: [UK F-35B] Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 1

Unread postPosted: 04 Sep 2019, 07:27
by spazsinbad
Fighter Pilot : The Real Top Gun Episode 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW8ywJwW-L4