USAF FY serial number for F-35 AA-1

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Unread post12 Jan 2007, 11:39

Anyone? There must be something, or has it an N-number assigned?
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Unread post13 Feb 2007, 18:53

Bump,

yeah, I'm currious also, not been able to find a thing about serial numbers.

Another thing I'm currious about is why is it an 'X' project. Why not YF-35 just like other programs of its type?
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Unread post14 Apr 2007, 17:26

Found out from the production manager for the F-35 that none of these early aircraft have been assigned a USAF serial number as none of these are planned to be delivered to the USAF.
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 15:57

Has any Fiscal Year number or civil registration been applied to any F-35 yet?
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 17:06

I believe the "X" designation was used for 2 reasons. For one, each type of airframe had to be built and flown in 3 different variations for each of the services (a first I believe). And second, both types were designed and flown using experimental STOVL technologies never tested before.
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 18:30

No 'X' designation is currently used. These are not prototype aircraft. The F-35B that is now in testing should eventually have a SN as it will be going to the Marine Corps after testing.
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 18:57

cywolf32 wrote:I believe the "X" designation was used for 2 reasons. For one, each type of airframe had to be built and flown in 3 different variations for each of the services (a first I believe). And second, both types were designed and flown using experimental STOVL technologies never tested before.


I'm not sure if this is the answer to my question, but asking about F-35 not X-35. But I'm not very familiar at this point on the F-35. How many "F-35" have been built?
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 19:50

(1) F-35A: Built and flying
(1) F-35B: Built and in ground testing
(1) F-35C: Currently in production
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 20:53

Thank you checksixx

Can I trouble you further? What is solid for future F-35 pre-production aircraft, just these three?
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 21:19

Jon wrote:Thank you checksixx

Can I trouble you further? What is solid for future F-35 pre-production aircraft, just these three?


I think you're asking how many pre-production aircraft will there be? Thus far in SDD they've jig-loaded at least 12 aircraft. There will be 19 SDD aicraft total and then LRIP starts immediately thereafter.
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 21:22

LOL...I was going to suggest contacting LMAggie. Hey, do you know when we'll start to see the 'C' model? Also, any links to more pics of the 'B' model? Thanks brother...
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 22:46

I thought that the designation "X" was used when they're testing a plane that is completely new/could become a different type of plane altogether. Example: the X-12 was originally designed to be a fighter and turned out to be the SR-71 "prototype." On the other hand, with the yf-22 and yf-23, we knew what they would be used for. I think the "X" designation is used when they are testing a plane that could be a multirole or they don't know what it will be used for at the time.

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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 22:55

X = Special Research or Experimental

See: http://www.designation-systems.net/usmi ... craft.html
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Unread post22 Feb 2008, 23:03

checksixx wrote:LOL...I was going to suggest contacting LMAggie. Hey, do you know when we'll start to see the 'C' model? Also, any links to more pics of the 'B' model? Thanks brother...


Sometime in 2009. lol If I got any more specific I know I would be wrong.
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Unread post16 Apr 2008, 08:07

well, if no FY serial is asigned, what N-number is allocated? surely there must be something?

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