Timmymagic wrote:SW1 wrote:You would think a plane as sophisticated as f35 would have a override to protect the pilot and get to steady level flight like others do.
There aren't any that deploy automatically though, the MiG-29 one was a button press that resulted in a wings level, low rate of climb. But it still needed the pilot to select it. The danger is when the pilot is unaware of the conditions.
SW1 wrote:A number of articles now reporting issues surrounding f35s that are making there way public
Timmymagic wrote:SW1 wrote:A number of articles now reporting issues surrounding f35s that are making there way public
Lockheed have come out with some answers to the list of issues. Looks like the supersonic issue on B's and C's will affect practically none of the UK's fleet, and on the aircraft from before Lot 8 there is a tiny chance of it ever occurring.
https://www.f35.com/news/detail/lockhee ... -reporting
Timmymagic wrote:Some good news for F-35 (and the UK). Looks like it will get even cheaper at FRP when the majority of UK orders will go in. Sounds like F-35B is on course to go under $100m, probably closer to $90-95m when we get to FRP.
dmereifield wrote:Are you sure? That's without the engines presumably?
Timmymagic wrote:dmereifield wrote:Are you sure? That's without the engines presumably?
Flyaway apparently (engine included)...It looks like the F-35B carries a c$20m premium over the F-35A (at least it has on the recent lots).
Lockheed are also saying that they're still aiming for $25,000 per flight hour in 2025 (obviously this will be a little higher for F-35B). If they can actually hit that its incredible (and there is some doubt that they can).
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/06 ... iyear-buy/
Jdam wrote:4 or 6 meteors internally I wonder
The UK's most advanced warplane, the F-35B, has successfully completed its first operational missions. The Lightning jets flew alongside Typhoon aircraft over Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Shader - Britain's contribution to the fight against so-called Islamic State. The first mission took place on 16 June over Syria, with two F-35Bs taking part. Since then, the jets have flown a further 12 sorties from RAF Akrotiri.
Lord Jim wrote:According to Air Force Monthly, the RAF is going to have less aircraft allocated to the F-35 Squadrons (Between 8 and 10) compared to the Typhoon equipped ones. Seems to be another case of smoke and mirrors as the average Joe will only see the number of Squadrons stood up not the number of aircraft available. Now this is supposed to be the number of aircraft airworthy per Squadron thank God otherwise I would be very concerned.
Scimitar54 wrote:That is only because the one operational Squadron, (617) currently only has 9 aircraft (the average of 8 and 10). ***p journalism is obviously not just confined to the tabloids
RAF F-35 Lightning aircraft from 617 Squadron “The Dambusters” operating today with their Aeronautica Militare counterparts.
Italy and the UK were the first European operators of the 5th generation F-35 to declare Initial Operating Capability, with the Italian Air Force having reached this milestone in November 2018.
Operating with the Aeronautica Militare reaffirms the close relationship the RAF has with the Italian Air Force. In addition to sharing the same aircraft in the F-35, the UK and Italy also fly the Eurofighter Typhoon, with both nations regularly deploying the Typhoon to NATO Air Policing tasks in the Baltic, Iceland and in Romania.
The next stage of the F-35 programme for the UK will be the arrival of 207 Squadron at RAF Marham later this year.
Four of the RAF’s new F-35B jets have returned to the UK after a two-month exercise in Cyprus. During their time on the island, the Lightnings flew their first operational missions over Iraq and Syria. Just before they left Akrotiri, Simon Newton spoke to the Wing Commander John Butcher, the officer in charge of 617 Squadron, about what it is like to fly the world’s most advanced warplane.
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