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F-35 Lightning II
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F35A tailpipe fire investigation
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 07:01:37 PM »
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Initial investigation reveals fire in F-35A tailpipe at Mountain Home AFB

Sources told Aviation Week that a F-35A that caught fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base last week was most likely caused by strong tailwinds as the F135 engine was starting.
An F-35 Lightning II takes off Sept. 13, 2016, at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Luke sent jets to Mountain Home AFB because it provides a unique opportunity for developing proficiency in the destruction of surface-to-air threats at their range complex.
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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 09:42:27 PM »
Building the F-35 Full Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPvzEr33maM

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Timeline: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Milestones

http://aviationweek.com/F35timeline


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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2016, 09:45:55 PM »
Up close and personal with the F-35’s 400K USD flight helmet with a X-ray vision-like imagery | the aviationist - Apr 03 2015 -

Here are some interesting images of the F-35’s Helmet Mounted Display System.


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Image credit: Lockheed Martin

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F-35B begins 'ski-jump' trials for carrier operations | IHS Jane's 360
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In the test, which relates to JSF's short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B variant, the chief STOVL test pilot from BAE Systems, Peter 'Wizzer' Wilson, took off from Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland using a ramp that had been fitted to the Royal Navy's now-decommissioned HMS Illustrious.


F-35B aircraft BF-04 departs from NAS Patuxent River using the 'ski-jump' launch method that will be used aboard the UK's future aircraft carriers. Source: BAE Systems

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F-35A AF-2 First Gun Live Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFoJ93Kb5z0


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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2016, 09:49:27 PM »
F-35 gets one of its most classified features, and it's fascinating | business insider - Jan. 18, 2016


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First, each F-35 variant is assembled in Lockheed Martin's mile-long production facility.

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According to an SAE International report, the first coating process was completed on an F-35B in 2008 and took three days.


Full Article here

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USMC’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft engage in aerial refuel mission | naval-technology - 18 March 2016
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According to Sergeant Christopher Coxe, a crew master of Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), a KC-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft extended its hose to transfer fuel to the aircraft at the receiving end.

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 pilot and a Dallas native captain Jimmy Braudt said: "The ability to refuel in flight is critical for the supportability and the sustainability of the F-35B during real-world operations.


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USAF F-35A shot down target drone in first live air-to-air kill test | Air Recognition - 02 August 2016
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Immediately prior to launching the AIM-9X, LeClair employed an internally carried AIM-120C missile against another target drone. This target was beyond visual range and the AIM-120C was given a successful self-destruct signal right before target impact.

The AIM-9X is a short-range heat-seeking missile with an off-boresight capability for accuracy and features thrust-vectoring controls for increased turn capability. The F-35 can carry two AIM-9X missiles on its wings.

During previous test shots a self-destruct signal had been sent to the missile prior to it hitting the target.

An F-35A armed with AIM-9X missile conducting test over California
(Credit: Darin Russell/Lockhead Martin)

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U.S. Navy's F-35C Continues Carrier Qualifications and At-Sea Testing with USS George Washington | navy recognition - 28 August 2016
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During the 20-day testing period, which is set to conclude Sept. 1, objectives included external symmetric and asymmetric weapons loadings; launches and recoveries at maximum weight; approach handling qualities; landing systems certification; and engine logistics.


ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, waits to launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase aboard George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo)

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Initial investigation reveals fire in F-35A tailpipe at Mountain Home AFB

Sources told Aviation Week that a F-35A that caught fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base last week was most likely caused by strong tailwinds as the F135 engine was starting.
An F-35 Lightning II takes off Sept. 13, 2016, at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Luke sent jets to Mountain Home AFB because it provides a unique opportunity for developing proficiency in the destruction of surface-to-air threats at their range complex.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2016, 09:50:58 PM »
Magellan Aerospace Signs Agreement for F-35 Lightning II Assemblies | f35.com - October 27, 2016
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Magellan Aerospace will be producing F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems, Magellan announced in an Oct. 27 release. The agreement is the continuation of annual contract awards made to Magellan by BAE Systems for F-35 assemblies, valued at more than $52 million over a two-year period.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2016, 10:54:45 AM »
USAF begins returning grounded F-35As to service | IHS Jane's 360 - 02 November 2016
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The US Air Force (USAF) has begun returning to service Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that were grounded in September following the discovery of faulty insulation on coolant lines, the service announced on 1 November.

Maintainers from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah found that 57 aircraft had faulty coating on avionics cooling lines installed in their fuel tanks. The USAF said it then grounded 10 of these US and Foreign Military Sales aircraft "out of an abundance of caution", while repairs were carried out.

Two of the grounded Hill AFB aircraft were returned to flight status on 24 October, with three more set to follow by 4 November. All 10 affected aircraft should be returned to service by the end of the year.

After the discovery of faulty insulation on coolant lines caused a temporary flight restriction for 10 F-35A Lightning IIs at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, repaired jets are beginning to fly again. Two aircraft returned to flight on 24 October. All the affected jets at Hill AFB are scheduled to return to service before the end of the year. Source: US Air Force

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2016, 09:51:26 AM »
Fokker wins F-35 landing gear maintenance contract | Air Recognition - 10 November 2016
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GKN Aerospace’s business unit Fokker has been chosen to maintain and service the landing gear for the F-35 fleet in Europe and the Pacific. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced the selection on Nov. 7, 2016, in a press release.

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The selection covers the maintenance of wheels, brakes and shock strut assemblies of the F-35 landing gear, starting in 2021. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit has many years of landing gear related experience in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of amongst others the F-16 landing gear and the NH90 helicopter landing gear. As well as the maintenance activities, the landing gear business is also involved in the design and manufacture of the F-35 arresting gear and in the development of the F-35 composite landing gear drag brace.



Fokker has been selected to maintain F-35 landing gear systems in Europe and the Pacific (Credit: GKN Aerospace/Fokker)

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2016, 01:09:33 PM »
Pentagon's Top Weapons Tester: F-35 Still Challenged | aviation week - Nov 16, 2016
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The Pentagon's top weapons tester has never been shy about hammering Lockheed Martin's F-35. In an Oct. 14 memo to the Defense Secretary, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation J. Michael Gilmore once again slammed the program for continued schedule delays, insufficient testing progress, and ongoing challenges with major systems. He "very strongly" recommended DOD restructure the program.

The full 8-page document surfaces as Gilmore turns up the heat on the F-35 program. In the memo, Gilmore repeated his claim that the F-35 “clearly” will not be able to finish its development phase - called System Development and Demonstration (SDD) – and begin operational testing as planned in August 2017. The full flight envelope, weapons clearances and verified mission data file for the aircraft’s final warfighting software load, Block 3F, will not be available before May 2018, DOT&E states in the memo.

USAF completes insulation repairs on operational F-35s | flight global - 18 November, 2016
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The coolant line glitch hit 57 aircraft in September, including 15 fielded F-35As and 42 production aircraft. Repairs to the fielded jets began 7 October and later that month, two F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, Utah were returned to flying operations. In early November, the USAF also fixed one Norwegian jet stationed at Luke AFB, AZ.

Meanwhile, Lockheed has completed repairs on seven aircraft on its production line and is working on four more jets, a Lockheed spokesman tells FlightGlobal.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2016, 11:31:42 AM »
USS America with 12 F-35Bs on Board | The Aviationist - Nov 25 2016


The USS America (LHA-6) cruises off the coast of S. Cal with 10 USMC F-35Bs topside (2 more below) from VMFA-211 & VMX-1, as well as a UH-1Y, AH-1Z, & SH-60. Taken during the “Proof of Concept” demonstration Nov. 19, 2016.
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USMC F-35B of VMFA-211 launches off the USS America (LHA-6) during USMC proof of concept capabiliity demonstration November 19, 2016.
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F-35B of USMC VMFA-211 perfroms vertical landing on the USS America (LHA-6) during integrated USN/USMC “proof of concept” exercise November 19, 2016.


YouTube video: We went aboard USS America during USMC F-35B Proof Of Concept Sea Trials

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2016, 10:35:29 AM »
Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann to make medium-calibre ammunition for USAF F-35 | Air Recognition - 02 December 2016
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The new joint venture combines the Rheinmetall Group's expertise in ammunition design and development with D&Z's outstanding manufacturing capabilities. Trading under the name Rheinmetall, Day & Zimmermann Munitions (RDZM), the company will operate out of Rosslyn, Virginia. Rheinmetall and D&Z each have a 50% stake in the joint venture, whose focus is on medium-calibre and indirect fire solutions.

Gun test firing from an airborne F-35A. Picture: Lockheed Martin

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2017, 11:28:20 AM »
US Marine Corps deploys first F-35B squadron to Japan | air recognition - 11 January 2017
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The US Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017, the service announced yesterday on its website.

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F-35s arrive in California
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2017, 04:22:55 PM »
http://www.combataircraft.net/2017/01/26/f-35cs-arrive-in-california/

In what Lockheed Martin described as ‘a great day in Naval Aviation history’, four F-35C Lightning IIs arrived at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, yesterday, January 25. NAS Lemoore becomes the first West Coast naval installation to have F-35Cs permanently assigned and is designated as the Navy’s only West Coast ‘Master Jet Base’.

The aircraft joined Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ which is now reestablished as a training squadron.

The F-35Cs were flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by pilots from VFA-125, led by Commander John Turner Jr.

By the end of 2017, the base will have 10 F-35Cs assigned, building to more than 100 jets in the early 2020s.

The F-35C carrier variant will make its first deployment in 2021 when VFA-147 ‘Argonauts’ embarks in the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The ‘Argonauts’ will transition from the F/A-18E to the F-35C in 2018.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 11:14:45 AM »
Operational USAF's F-35A fighter jet fires air-to-air missile for the first time | Air Recognition - 06 February 2017
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The US Air Force 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational F-35A during a weapons system evaluation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Jan. 31, 2017, just two weeks after loading and releasing the first live air-to-ground weapons in Air Education and Training Command.


An F-35A assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing takes off January 31, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (Credit: Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson/USAF)
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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2017, 12:57:47 AM »
USAF seeks interim 500 lb bomb with moving target capability for F-35 | IHS Jane's 360
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The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking an interim 500 lb-class weapon with a moving target capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

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Weapons Suite the aircraft is designed to carry. The USAF now wants to add an interim 500 lb-class bomb with a moving target capability. Source: Edwards AFB[/center]

Possible contenders for the requirement include the Boeing GBU-54/B Laser JDAM based on the MK 82 or BLU-111 500 lb bombs; as well as the Lockheed Martin Dual Mode Plus LGB kit fitted to the MK 82 or BLU-111.

An F-35A, at Edwards AFB, California, is pictured with the F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration