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Unread post16 Dec 2009, 02:44

Corsair1963 wrote:As in it will be used for target practice? Possibly, with both gun fire and missiles???
It's beginning to look like AF-1 or BF-1 might be better candidates for target practice than AA-1, the only one that could fly 90 times. :bang: :wtf:
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Unread post17 Dec 2009, 04:25

Because AA-1 had such a rosy start? Oh wait, it didn't. New birds take time to iron out the kinks.
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Unread post19 Dec 2009, 21:30

About two years ago I began calling the "Lightning II" the F-35 Mockup. Two years later, the thing can barely get off the ground. I hate it when I'm proven right...
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Unread post20 Dec 2009, 02:52

muddflap wrote:AA-1 completed it's last flight into China Lake. Ready for LFT&E.


So AA-1 in China lake , and It will launch AIM-120 ?
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Unread post20 Dec 2009, 03:43

We need a Poll taken, IMHO... 'will F-35 become IOC before SDD Flight Testing is completed'? The whole development Program is truly perplexing, if there's not a better word for it?
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Unread post20 Dec 2009, 18:01

There are many better words for what is going on. All of them, sadly, are obscene, potentially defamatory or both.
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Unread post21 Dec 2009, 09:19

seruriermarshal wrote:
muddflap wrote:AA-1 completed it's last flight into China Lake. Ready for LFT&E.


So AA-1 in China lake , and It will launch AIM-120 ?


AA-1 won't fire weapons; it will be subjected to fire in a full-up, full-scale ground test. It will surely be a sad sight indeed...


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Unread post30 Dec 2009, 01:09

Couple of photos from todays BF-2 arrival at PAX.

Full story:
http://www.f-16.net/news_article3954.html
http://www.f-16.net/news_article3953.html


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BF-2 arrival to NAS Patuxent River, December 29 2009
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BF-2 arrival to NAS Patuxent River, December 29 2009
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Unread post30 Dec 2009, 06:42

Glad they made it!

The weather looks much better at the destination than it did for departure...

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Unread post30 Dec 2009, 14:13

Good looking bird. I hope she works like (unlike per predecessor). Anyone know when we're going to start getting production spec prototypes?
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Unread post30 Dec 2009, 18:41

If by production spec you mean with all the computers and such, then BF-4, IIRC.

If you mean body shape and such, then all the current airframes (sans AA-1) are current.
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Unread post30 Dec 2009, 23:35

Ztex wrote:Glad they made it!

The weather looks much better at the destination than it did for departure...


Great shot nevertheless, looks more stealthy! :)

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Unread post31 Dec 2009, 05:55

Thanks for pics and Where are BF-3 and AF-2 , borth in Fort Worth ?
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Unread post03 Jan 2010, 11:52

Spudman,

Once again I have to ask the question after reading yet another one of your LM propoganda posts...what planet do you live on?

I'm still looking for you on the LM flightline BTW. I stopped by the plant to see some bro's...I was enroute back from Vegas to the east coast and stopped for gas and grub at Ft Worth JRB. Took my buddy's car over to the LM side to check up with some former flying mates...no one seems to know anyone by the callsign "Spudman". Again, how do you come by you "expert" opinions? If you are not a driver or design engineer, I got to ask what is your expertise to make such comments on a program as vast and complex as the JSF? Do you work in LM Public Relations and Damage Control?

JSF is the PS 3 version of the A-7. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. LEG is spot on. We boofed it. Should of pressed production of F-22 to C-variant and pushed funds to upgrade F-18's and vipers rather than blowing billions on the PS3 A-7. LEG is correct, and must have been a operational planner at one stage in his life. After day 2-3, stealth won't matter. And yes Spudman, I have been downtown and back so I can comment, expertly, on the matter.

Happy New Year.
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Unread post03 Jan 2010, 17:56

1st, welcome to the boards sceptic... I see you plan on living up to your name.

2nd, I live on Terra, third planet from Sol.

3rd, How would you classify presentations made by LM AND members of the DoD as propaganda? If you have a problem with a specific post, fell free to post a comment in the appropriate thread

4th, I never claimed to have anything to do with LM or the USAF. I have said before, and will do so again, I am a computer programmer/network admin and am a US Army 19K vet from the late 1980's.

Again, welcome to the board an I look forward to any positive input you provide in the future.

P.S. I always have a happy New Year, it's my son's birthday (missed a tax deduction by 10 hours) ;)
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