F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

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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
139
44%
BAD choice for the Royal Navy
13
4%
Uncertain (RN)
15
5%
GOOD choice for the Royal Air Force
60
19%
BAD choice for the Royal Air Force
43
14%
Uncertain (RAF)
45
14%
 
Total votes: 315

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

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downsizer wrote: 01 Jan 2022, 14:56
Because those involved in the project are busy delivering actual outputs rather than worrying about a meaningless designation that only fan bois on the net care about.
Methinks the fan boi doth protest too much.

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NAFF 1 (Naval & Air Force Fighter 1) then! :lol:

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That would work as it could be seen as giving the Navy priority in their use. :D

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I guess pics had to leak at some time...

Incidentally...the original poster of the picture (not the tweeter) has now removed the pic...but its out there now...

Update - The tweeter has now removed...but its everywhere now...


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Well it appears that they have recovered most of it.

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I am just relieved that we were able to recover it.

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Timmymagic wrote: 21 Jan 2022, 22:02 As I said...everywhere now...

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... iterranean
Round of applause for the British Army Deep Sea fishing team :lolno:

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RunningStrong wrote: 22 Jan 2022, 12:31 Round of applause for the British Army Deep Sea fishing team
Suspect it wasn't the tweeters first language...no mention of the Italian's either...

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Worth noting that the UK will be undertaking this upgrade to its F-35 fleet. Note that its just the Distributed Aperture System, and is apparently a plug and play upgrade in first line maintenance (allegedly), it doesn't include the EOTS (Electro Optical Targeting System) in the large glazed housing under the nose. This will also need to be upgraded at some point as it has begun to fall behind the new generation of targeting pods like Litening III and Sniper ATP-SE (current EOTS is roughly equivalent to the still good Sniper XR).


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We're not the only ones that have leaks....USN F-35C from the USS Carl Vinson in the drink...

Pure speculation on the reason, given the sea state and intactness of the airframe it looks like it could have been the result of arresting gear failure.


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

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There was reports of injuries to deck crew, which to me at least sounded more than just an issue with the aircraft. :(

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Jdam wrote: 27 Jan 2022, 11:01 There was reports of injuries to deck crew, which to me at least sounded more than just an issue with the aircraft.
7 crew injured, which is a similar number to previous arresting gear failures. The fact that the ship was undertaking flight operations again fairly soon after also indicates that what ever happened was easily fixed and not a more serious issue that needed investigation before resuming flght ops.

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