Pictures of test flight #12

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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 05:22

Got lucky today. North wind, great lighting... and the F-35!!!


Flight #12 on April 11th, 2007. The first flight with Jeff Knowles, the second-ever F-35 pilot, at the controls. [Photo by Joshua Smith]


Flight #12 of AA-1, this time with Jeff Knowles at the controls. [Photo by Joshua Smith]


Flight #12 of AA-1. [Photo by Joshua Smith]


Flight #12 on April 11th, 2007. The first flight with Jeff Knowles, the second-ever F-35 pilot, at the controls. [Photo by Joshua Smith]


Flight #12 of AA-1. [Photo by Joshua Smith]


Glad I decided to go out to JRBFTW today!!!
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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 05:42

honkhntr wrote:North wind, great lighting... and the F-35!!!


Nics pics. BTW, first flight for Jeff Knowles, the second-ever F-35 pilot...
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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 16:30

Very nice pic's. Is it me or does it look as if his rearward visibility isn't too great?
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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 19:58

Purplehaze wrote:Very nice pic's. Is it me or does it look as if his rearward visibility isn't too great?


It looks like any other modern fighter where looking back around the seat headrest is the limiting factor, not the rear canopy lines.
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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 20:31

I don't think it's bubble is anywhere near as big as a 16.
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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 20:33

Lightndattic wrote:
Purplehaze wrote:Very nice pic's. Is it me or does it look as if his rearward visibility isn't too great?


It looks like any other modern fighter where looking back around the seat headrest is the limiting factor, not the rear canopy lines.


The AF-1 and all the F-series F-35s are supposed to have a re-lofted upper contour of the fuselage. It is supposed to be more "rounded" and less "peaky". I haven't see the AF-1 and I don't know exactly how the rather ambiguous descriptions will play out. But the upper contours may be a little different, which may affect the rear canopy lines a little.
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Unread post12 Apr 2007, 21:08

Was that test flight number 10 or did I already miss a few?

Does anybody have an idea what was being tested on April 11th?
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Unread post13 Apr 2007, 05:01

Lieven wrote:Was that test flight number 10 or did I already miss a few?


I thought the pictures were from Wednesday, April 11, which was Flight 12 and was Jeff's first flight.

Jon was back in the cockpit for Flight 13, on Thursday the 12th, and performed the first touch-and-go landing.

Flight 11 was back on April 5, with Flight 10 the day before.

Flight 14 is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday the 17th - currently planning on a very early (8:00 am) takeoff.
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Unread post16 Apr 2007, 21:58

Raptor_claw wrote:Flight 14 is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday the 17th - currently planning on a very early (8:00 am) takeoff.


Update: Schedule has slipped a day due to the weather forecast. No flight Tues. Next flight currently planned for Wednesday, still shooting for early takeoff. Also, if everything goes right, they are hoping to turn the a/c and fly a second mission Wed afternoon.
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Unread post16 Apr 2007, 22:46

Raptor_claw wrote:
Lieven wrote:Was that test flight number 10 or did I already miss a few?


I thought the pictures were from Wednesday, April 11, which was Flight 12 and was Jeff's first flight.

Jon was back in the cockpit for Flight 13, on Thursday the 12th, and performed the first touch-and-go landing.

Flight 11 was back on April 5, with Flight 10 the day before.

Flight 14 is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday the 17th - currently planning on a very early (8:00 am) takeoff.


My pics were from Wed. April 11 so I gues it was flight 12... Sorry for the confusion...

Thanks for the update on the schedule.
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