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First pic of F-35B with Internal Weapons

Unread postPosted: 24 Nov 2011, 04:54
by SpudmanWP
Here is a shot of BF-1 (the first I think) showing internal weapons.

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2011, 00:25
by outlaw162
Could those coincidentally possibly instead be code names for the three civilian operatives hiding behind the aircraft?

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2011, 01:00
by luke_sandoz
Canadian journalists will now claim the first test of the F-35 with weapons decapitated three workers.

Only the bad news fit to print.

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2011, 07:54
by stereospace
luke_sandoz wrote:Canadian journalists will now claim the first test of the F-35 with weapons decapitated three workers.

Only the bad news fit to print.

You've got to stop thinking of these folks as being in the business of providing complete, balanced, objective information. They're not. They're in the entertainment and political propaganda business.

They have an agenda in their political reporting and a particular end they're trying to achieve. Information, to these people, is a malleable, plastic thing, to be manipulated and bent and contorted to fit their desired outcome. Despicable, I know, but that's the reality of the "news" business. :wink: Watch Citizen Kane sometime. This is not a new phenomenon. It's been going on since, well forever, the distortion of information for political ends, I mean. Also note how people who deal with the press all the time treat them with contempt. It's because generally they're a contemptible lot.

Probably the only solution is to try gather information from sources you consider reliable and then think for yourself and make up your own mind.

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2011, 20:18
by tacf-x
It's interesting to see that even with the central lift fan they can still fit a pretty good payload into the fuselage. F-35 opponents need to realize that building a project as ambitious as this isn't easy work and this image goes to show that many of the obstacles this program faced can be overcome.

Unread postPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 02:11
by thestealthfighterguy
Yeah, but can it drop bombs well in a huver?

Unread postPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 02:17
by spazsinbad
I thought it was going to do that in a HUFF?

Unread postPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 04:15
by SpudmanWP
The F-35B's KPP for VLBB (Vertical Landing Bring Back) is ~3500lbs of weapons and ~1500lbs of fuel.

Unread postPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 04:35
by delvo
This illustrates pretty well the answer to a question I asked earlier about whether the lower internal weapon limit was due to length, width, height, or weight. At the back end of the bomb, you can see how close it is to the back wall of the bay, by how close the tail fins are to their shadows on the wall. (And that lets you see how much space there is below and to the sides, which the bomb doesn't fill up.)

Unread postPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 05:03
by SpudmanWP
It was a length issue as the width of the bay stayed the same.