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kamenriderblade wrote:So how do you think the F-35 will handle in a thunderstorm, rain with heavy down pour, snow storm, etc.
For that matter, how do the other 4th generation fighters handle in those situations when they get stuck flying in that kind of weather?
Gums wrote: As far as lightning goes, my Viper wingman had a lightning strike right at the forward edge of the canopy. All the FLCS lights came on. He reset and pressed on. Gotta realize that since the 70's that most of our gear is extremely hardened for EMP. So I would not worry as much about the electrons as I would loss of the LO until I got home and they could repair.
alloycowboy wrote:The F-35 will handle rough weather just fine. The technoloy to deal with lightning strikes in composite aircratft is well developed as the Boeing 787 can attest to. What I am curious about is how the F-35 coatings will handle Canadian Snow and Frost.?
spazsinbad wrote:Bird Strike Test Facility
An unusual but vitally important facility at Brough tests the effects of bird strikes on airframe components such as the cockpit canopy or radomes. A large bird striking an aircraft at subsonic speeds of up to 500 knots creates a huge shock and is potentially hazardous. To simulate this, a laser guided pneumatic ‘cannon’ has been developed which propels a dead chicken at a range of 5 to 10 metres on to the test object. The structural effects of the impact (if any) are clearly visible. In additions accelerometers are used to measure the acceleration of the high speed collision."
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