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How do you feel about the F-35B for the RN and RAF? (2 votes per member)

GOOD choice for the Royal Navy
121
44%
BAD choice for the Royal Navy
11
4%
Uncertain (RN)
14
5%
GOOD choice for the Royal Air Force
52
19%
BAD choice for the Royal Air Force
38
14%
Uncertain (RAF)
40
14%
 
Total votes: 276

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby bobp » 30 Aug 2019, 11:53

Indeed the sea looks spectacular.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SW1 » 30 Aug 2019, 13:51

SDL wrote:https://twitter.com/UKDefJournal/status/1167372707014557697


A really spectacular image.

If we give back the small ones do u think they would give us the large one? The B2 is an exquisite aircraft.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby Simon82 » 07 Sep 2019, 11:55

SW1 wrote:
If we give back the small ones do u think they would give us the large one? The B2 is an exquisite aircraft.

A couple of squadrons of B-21s would be a nice replacement for Tornado, although perhaps more in the spirit of Vulcan. Perhaps if the nation collectively scoured down the back of their sofas for loose change...

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 07 Sep 2019, 14:32

Simon82 wrote: more in the spirit of Vulcan
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby bobp » 10 Sep 2019, 21:46

F35 electronic warfare


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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby bobp » 10 Sep 2019, 21:49

And some info on possible chaff dispensers in the future as well as more on its EW suite

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... irculation

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SKB » 11 Sep 2019, 11:38


(Forces TV) 9th September 2019
British F-35Bs have made history by training with US Air Force B-2 stealth bombers for the first time. The B-2s took part in the integration flying training with the British jets as part of their deployment to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The aircraft, from USAF's Bomber Task Force Europe, will conduct a series of training activities while in the continent.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SKB » 03 Oct 2019, 20:29


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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SDL » 03 Oct 2019, 20:45

How many are going again?

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SKB » 03 Oct 2019, 22:45

Last year, Jerry Kyd said 7.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby bobp » 04 Oct 2019, 21:49

SKB wrote:Last year, Jerry Kyd said 7.

Correct I remember that statement but...…..
Possibly one or more from the Test Squadron and possibly others from the USMC.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby shotleylad » 05 Oct 2019, 13:09

7 jets are flying out from the UK next week

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SKB » 05 Oct 2019, 13:44

Probably 3 Voyager's too.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby Gabriele » 05 Oct 2019, 14:49

17 Sqn has been constantly mentioned too. Wonder if some of their 3 instrumented jets are coming over from Edwards. Considering the particular role of 17 Sqn, don't think their involvment is limited to personnel only. Unless they use other instrumented jets from the East coast part of the Integrated Test Force, like the ones which did the first embarkation last year.

Curious to see how that one plays out, exactly.
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby serge750 » 05 Oct 2019, 17:00

I seem to remember reading somewhere ( trying to remember-but brain not working! ) that 3 from 617sqn & 2 from 207sqn along with a couple from 17r making 7? thought it was a strange mix but so excited to see them onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in the next week or two?....

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SKB » 07 Oct 2019, 23:18


Image

Yep. RAF roundals. ^
Presumably, these are the three "orange wired" US-based RAF 17 Squadron F-35B's. BK-01, BK-02, BK-04.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SDL » 07 Oct 2019, 23:24

Man.... cannot wait for the deluge of photos :D

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby bobp » 09 Oct 2019, 13:50

That's great to hear that the there will be quite a few on deck at the same time.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SDL » 09 Oct 2019, 14:07


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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby bobp » 09 Oct 2019, 15:18

Only three from uk???

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SDL » 09 Oct 2019, 15:20

3 from UK, 3 from the US

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby SKB » 09 Oct 2019, 15:21

Video of the three planes leaving Marham. BK-14 (ZM148), BK-15 (ZM149), BK-17 (ZM151).
https://www.forces.net/news/british-f-3 ... ght-trials

They will land at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort in South Carolina, before making the final leg to land on QE.

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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 09 Oct 2019, 15:23

SDL wrote:3 from UK, 3 from the US


The 'configurable' airwing :)
- the rest made up by helos


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