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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
117
45%
BAD choice for the Royal Navy
10
4%
Uncertain (RN)
13
5%
GOOD choice for the Royal Air Force
47
18%
BAD choice for the Royal Air Force
36
14%
Uncertain (RAF)
39
15%
 
Total votes: 262

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

Postby Timmymagic » 10 May 2019, 17:02

Speculation that the F-35 may have ruled itself out of the Canadian competition....with Rafale already excluded and Boeing in the doghouse (surely politically unacceptable for the next few years following the Bombardier furore) that would leave Eurofighter and Saab with a free run....

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national ... h-the-f-35

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

Postby serge750 » 10 May 2019, 17:49

Well it would be great if the Typhoon won but i'm not holding my breath...new build stealthy hornets maybe....I've always liked the Gripen though !

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

Postby SKB » 18 May 2019, 17:37


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

Postby Timmymagic » 19 May 2019, 20:48

I think I guess why Marham is costing that much to upgrade now...


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

Postby bobp » 19 May 2019, 21:59

Yes state of the art facilities, there is also a computer centre for ALIS and mission planning I believe.

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

Postby Lord Jim » 20 May 2019, 11:24

I cannot see why they could have refurbished one or more of the existing hangers at Marham, they were modernised not that long ago along with the hard stands as were the two HAS complexes.

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

Postby Timmymagic » 21 May 2019, 10:34

This is interesting, didn't realise the F-15E was that different to the F-15C


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

Postby Timmymagic » 21 May 2019, 12:07




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

Postby serge750 » 21 May 2019, 20:38

So good to see the F35 in service, Is it the whole squadron or just the 4 F35 we see in the vids? any indication of how long they will be Cyprus for before the westlant deployment in the autumn?

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

Postby Timmymagic » 22 May 2019, 10:51

I've only seen 4 in the vids but apparently there are 6. Which given the size of the squadron at present and the need to maintain training in the UK plus it being the first deployment seems pretty good.




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

Postby Timmymagic » 22 May 2019, 10:53



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