What’s the deal with the Arctic F-35 at Lockheed?

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Unread post20 Dec 2018, 19:11

Just moved it earlier this month.
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Unread post21 Dec 2018, 03:24

Note the lack of visible rudders, lack of visible access panels (at least in the bright areas where we could see them). It looks a bit like there may be a seam for the radome to come off, but the seam appears to angle forward (as if a hypothetical AESA was tilted downward instead of upward). There's no visible EOTS either, though that could have been taken off for various reasons. The nozzle also doesn't appear serrated.

All-in-all, I'm inclined to think that this is a mock-up vs RCS or aerodynamic test article, though I'm not sure why I haven't seen more of it if that were the case. As a side note; is that a TV-grade video camera on that cherry picker (with a person in a safety jacket and blue helmet) behind the jet?
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Unread post21 Dec 2018, 05:24

Dragon029 wrote:As a side note; is that a TV-grade video camera on that cherry picker (with a person in a safety jacket and blue helmet) behind the jet?


Yes, they're out there filming quite a bit. Often when test flights take off you'll see them cruise around to the runway side to film the take offs, breaks and landings. They have a very good PR department, and post some truly awesome videos and photos from time to time.
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Unread post21 Jan 2019, 15:57

We finally have an answer from Lockheed as to the jet's origin, courtesy of David Cenciotti:

https://theaviationist.com/2019/01/21/t ... ort-worth/
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Unread post21 Jan 2019, 17:42

Thanks Dragon029 :thumb:
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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