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VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2019, 03:05
by socalhornetpilot
Pictures of F/A-18A++ and F-35C prior to upcoming sundown ceremony.

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2019, 06:23
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Those are beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing socal!

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2019, 10:00
by f-15c85-0114
What are the sources of these images?

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2019, 13:09
by mixelflick
Amazing in that it doesn't look much bigger than the F-18, but has so much more fuel/range. The big wing is just gorgeous, and once they get the up-rated engine performance will match the rest of its attributes. Yes, performance today in some areas is surprisingly good, but the new engine will make everything better.

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2019, 15:06
by quicksilver
F-35C is 4’ shorter with 3’ more wing span. If you saw them side-by-side, visually, the Hornet fuselage is a greyhound in comparison, and therein lies the reason for its limited internal fuel capacity.

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2019, 15:41
by jetblast16
socalhornetpilot, thank you for posting those beautiful shots.

The F-35C, in its current iteration, is like a Block 70 F-16.. Such a nice-looking plane. Its looks have really grown on me, over the years. A slick package, indeed.

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2019, 00:10
by Corsair1963
Is VMFA-314 deploying on the USS Carl Vinson with VFA-147 in 2021 or another Carrier and AirWing??? (hearing conflicting stories)
:?

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2019, 14:21
by mixelflick
jetblast16 wrote:socalhornetpilot, thank you for posting those beautiful shots.

The F-35C, in its current iteration, is like a Block 70 F-16.. Such a nice-looking plane. Its looks have really grown on me, over the years. A slick package, indeed.


The absurdly large wing almost gives the impression it's a kite. Some day (when the new engine gets here) it'll be the best performing of all F-35 variants. Right now, it's probably the least sprightly. But times will change, and with it performance capabilities. 19,000+ pounds of gas, a great turner and ability to carry a tremendous external load are large feathers in its cap today. Tomorrow, they'll be that much more impressive with more "umph" to the engine..

Re: VMFA-314 Hornet Sundown and F-35C Transition

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2019, 14:29
by steve2267
mixelflick wrote:
The absurdly large wing almost gives the impression it's a kite. Some day (when the new engine gets here) it'll be the best performing of all F-35 variants. Right now, it's probably the least sprightly. But times will change, and with it performance capabilities. 19,000+ pounds of gas, a great turner and ability to carry a tremendous external load are large feathers in its cap today. Tomorrow, they'll be that much more impressive with more "umph" to the engine..


What!? The other F-35 variants won't benefit from the extra "umph"?