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Unread post18 May 2018, 00:52

"When a fifth-generation fighter meets a fourth-generation fighter—the [latter] dies,”
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Unread post18 May 2018, 02:30

You only missed it by 5hrs 21 minutes

viewtopic.php?p=394540#p394540

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Unread post18 May 2018, 02:36

Black Panther :mrgreen:
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Unread post19 May 2018, 21:53

Hooray! I now know what to call it. I was thinking of something along the lines of panther. A stealthy predator.
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Unread post19 May 2018, 23:12

SpudmanWP wrote:You only missed it by 5hrs 21 minutes

viewtopic.php?p=394540#p394540

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Ummm... Check my post on 19 April :doh:
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Unread post19 May 2018, 23:49

durahawk wrote:Ummm... Check my post on 19 April :doh:


I was referencing his re-linking to the same article from the TheDrive.com
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Unread post20 May 2018, 04:11

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Well I guess that settles it for the USAF at least.

"Stubby" is 'officially' "Panther".

IIRC the Navy refered to the "Cee Monster" (my name) as "Raven".

So we just need to hear back from the Marines on the "Killer Bee" huh?


I thought some Navy dudes were trying to lay claim to "Reaper?"

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F-35 Nickname Controversy Brewing with Reaper
11 Mar 2014 By Michael Hoffman
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Last month, a panel of F-35 pilots were asked at a Navy conference in San Diego if the Joint Strike Fighter has received an unofficial nickname yet. The F-35's official nickname is the Lightning II.

Recognizing the gravity of the moment, a colonel in the audience yelled out to the panel, "here's your chance to make history."

Navy Cmdr. Luke Barradell, the fleet integration team and operations officer for Carrier Air Group Eleven, didn't flinch. He said the F-35 pilots and aircrews would like the Joint Strike Fighter to be called the Reaper. He said the Lightning II wasn't intimidating enough. The other three pilots on the panel nodded in approval. None of them disagreed.

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https://www.military.com/defensetech/2014/03/11/f-35-nickname-controversy-brewing-with-reaper
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Unread post20 May 2018, 04:24

IIRC 'REAPER' was the callsign used by VFA-101 when undertaking Carrier Qualifications with the F-35C. Whether that becomes USN-wide we will have to wait and go to sleep because THAT IS GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME <sarc not off>
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Unread post20 May 2018, 05:55

hmm Panther, I like it :thumb:
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Unread post20 May 2018, 09:58

I like Panther a lot. Black panthers have their natural (jaguar or leopard) markings suppressed by black pigments, adding to their natural stealth. Cats have retractable, sharp CLAWs that come out the time of their choosing. If you get close enough, the CLAWs come out.

It has been used before of course for the F9F.
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Unread post20 May 2018, 14:27

krorvik wrote:I like Panther a lot. Black panthers have their natural (jaguar or leopard) markings suppressed by black pigments, adding to their natural stealth.


Natural stealth at night perhaps.
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Unread post20 May 2018, 16:48

Hehe, yes.

I'd stay away from panthers in broad daylight too.
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Unread post21 May 2018, 04:57

Honestly, think some are confusing the 6th Weapon Squadron with the 63rd Fighter Squadron out of Luke AFB. Which, also fly the F-35A and you guess it the Squadron name is "Panthers".



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Unread post22 May 2018, 07:51

steve2267 wrote:
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Well I guess that settles it for the USAF at least.

"Stubby" is 'officially' "Panther".

IIRC the Navy refered to the "Cee Monster" (my name) as "Raven".

So we just need to hear back from the Marines on the "Killer Bee" huh?


I thought some Navy dudes were trying to lay claim to "Reaper?"

Both, but apparently Raven didn't really catch on and Reaper was only really used by VFA-101. Factoring in the sheer number of F-35As being bought, if Panther does actual catch on around the USAF and partners, then it'll likely be adopted by the Navy / Marines as well.

https://www.reddit.com/r/F35Lightning/c ... e/dz6w4fm/
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Unread post22 May 2018, 10:17

Sorry, Panther has not really caught on nor has Reaper. So, we likely will just have to wait until something does... :wink:
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