I think its pretty certain the RAF would like the last 90 F35 to be the A variant. Problem is having just 48 B versions is simply not enough to equip one carrier with three squadrons in the event of a conflict and allow some for OCU and maintenance.
Of course the Air Commodore may have been expressing his own ideas (prejudices) and that his statement was not official policy. Bur then the article was published in Janes so who knows. But for certain infighting between the services is evident.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:- the door would seem much smaller than the opening?
Doors not fully open, the lifts can accommodate two F35B. I also read the hangar could take a Osprey.I believe the hangar height at the aft end is elevated for such a purpose. But have seen no images or graphics to back up that fact.
I can see the need for replacing early models that are probably clapped out due to operations and age. But not understanding why they have chosen the most expensive version and by the looks of it kitted out for SF use. I thought we were skint?
I do realiise she has her hands full with her job, but a few minutes a month surely wouldn't be asking to much. As a major project for the RN it seems to be shrouded in secrecy, unlike the carriers where we were kept fully up to date throughout the build. Some pictures of the build would be nice :c...
Smooth and info packed that was, thx SW1 (much better than the many, many write-ups that were pushed out in a hurry).- those guys must have had a chance to do a cold run with their answers... all the better (for the audience) I agree with your sentiment, very informative and puts the current progra...
I'm looking forward to the V-22's, that will be quite a sight. Refueling the RM Merlins maybe? hmm I saw my first CV-22 as I was driving South just over a week or so ago, I was on the A1 fairly close to RAF Leeming and Catterick. It was about three hundred feet up and was in Hover mode, and I could...
Testing on the F35B was abandoned due to severe damage to the airframe. They were supposedly going to manufacture another test article but did not. To be fair the flight test and development aircraft are still flying after ten years and they have been heavily used.
Ron is correct in what he has said. But its a fairly safe bet that the MOD will order more in the future. They are, I am sure introducing them into service in a measured way, so that in future batches less rework will be needed, as is the case with the early production batches.