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F-35 Cancelled, then what ?

Old 25th Aug 2016, 21:26
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Yes Engines, the Cat launches are completely hands free. Not unusual as I believe Hornets do so too.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 22:00
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Picture here shows the two hands on the towel racks just after cat shot leaving deck:


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Old 25th Aug 2016, 23:01
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Originally Posted by Engines View Post
LL and others,

Perhaps I can help here...

1. The jolt on launch is noticeable and is probably associated with the forces applied by the catapult shuttle on the nose tow bar, which compresses the nose leg as it starts the stroke. I've spoken to a number of 'old and bold' naval aviators, and there is a variety of opinions on how 'hard' the start of a cat stroke is. What I do know is that the US Navair teams are very experienced in this sort of stuff, and I am certain that they will have fully evaluated the forces applied to F-35C pilots' heads and necks during launch. So, my take: looks severe, but very probably OK. What IS interesting (at least to me) is that F-35C launches look as if they are 'both hands free', with pilots' right and left hands holding the handles on the cockpit arch during launch.

2. Maintenance of stealth coatings on board got a LOT of attention in the early days of the JSF programme. There was a recognition that the techniques used on B-2 and F-22 weren't going to 'cut the mustard', and a number of new technologies were developed for F-35. Now, most of this was kept 'US eyes only', but again, given the attention that Navair were giving to this subject, I'd expect that some form of workable solution has been developed. Again, rather a qualitative assessment, but the F-35's approach to physical signature reduction appeared to be less 'extreme' than some of the solutions applied to B-2 and F-22.

3. A/B on launch: the F-35C launches shown so far appear to be at relatively low weights, which is understandable. Also, the A/B on the F-35 does not deliver the huge increases in thrust that happened with aircraft like the F-4 - I believe that the difference between dry and full A/B is about 4,500 pounds. So, I'd expect fewer A/B launches with F-35C.

Hope this helps, best regards as ever to all those working hard to deliver the new aircraft to the front line,
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Engines - thanks for responding to my somewhat layman-ish observations. Appreciated.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 00:51
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Info on different load outs and HMDS III testing along with JPALS:


The Navy's F-35 variant has successfully completed testing with a max weapon load - Business Insider
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https://www.dvidshub.net/image/28188...rge-washington
"160823-N-RG522-334 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase aboard George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Price)" https://www.dvidshub.net/download/image/2818807


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Old 26th Aug 2016, 15:48
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I might be repeating a point here but what is the point of spending billions of dollars on a stealth aircraft only to hang all it's s##t outside?
More importantly all that the above will do is lead to over utilisation of the aircraft (outside of its stealth role) with subsequent degradation of the finish and technological aspects that provide the LO capability..

Meanwhile a reality check..

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This pod is happy to be 'on speed' (Optimum Angle of Attack).


https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockhe...n/29182351665/
"An F-35C Lightning II comes in for a landing on USS George Washington (CVN-73) while carrying external stores during F-35C Development Test III. Lockheed Martin photo by Michael D. Jackson. 21 Aug 2016"
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 06:29
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Good thing they're not hanging any Sidewinders off the outboard pylons - might rip a wing off.
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I might be repeating a point here but what is the point of spending billions of dollars on a stealth aircraft only to hang all it's s##t outside?
How many times do you need to be told that stealth isn't the only reason for the F-35? The real magic is 'under the bonnet' so avoid getting absorbed by the paint or colour of the car.

More importantly all that the above will do is lead to over utilisation of the aircraft (outside of its stealth role) with subsequent degradation of the finish and technological aspects that provide the LO capability..
Over-utilisation? Are you smoking pot? Do you really believe that F-35 is purely a 'day one of the war, nothing more' fighter? If so, you completely miss the mark, yet again. This aircraft is a 'day one, to last day' weapons system and has to be tested as such, hence the fits you see above.

Read Justin Bronk's comments on IR of both F-22 and F-35. Here's a clue: F-22 is hotter than F-35....
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 10:58
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Originally Posted by Maus92 View Post
Good thing they're not hanging any Sidewinders off the outboard pylons - might rip a wing off.
I'm interested. What is the evidence for your scornful suggestion?
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Weapons Tester Cites Further F-35 Challenges 23 Aug 2016 Lara Seligman
"...the program is discovering integration problems with both SDB 1 and AIM-9X. DOT&E is particularly concerned with December testing of the AIM-9X, which revealed “load exceedances,” or excess stress, on the Navy F-35C variant’s wing structure during landings and certain maneuvers. This will either limit the F-35C’s ability to carry AIM-9X or require a redesign and testing of the supporting wing structure, DOT&E says..."
Weapons Tester Cites Further F-35 Challenges | Defense content from Aviation Week
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MSOCS,
How many times do you need to be told that stealth isn't the only reason for the F-35? The real magic is 'under the bonnet' so avoid getting absorbed by the paint or colour of the car.
The real proof of the pudding will come on the day the F-35 will sneak up behind a Russian bomber undetected and follow it like two F-22s demonstrated very recently. So tell us, when will that day come and the real F-35 magic, you point out, demonstrated?
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 19:07
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Originally Posted by SpazSinbad View Post
Weapons Tester Cites Further F-35 Challenges 23 Aug 2016 Lara Seligman

Weapons Tester Cites Further F-35 Challenges | Defense content from Aviation Week
Nothing about wings being ripped off then.
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 20:15
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For HORNET boosters: http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2016/08/...e-navys-f-35c/
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First Fleet F35-C Carrier Qualifications, Final Round of Testing Conducted at Sea 26 Aug 2016 Donna Cipolloni
"...Cmdr. Ted "Dutch" Dyckman, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 test pilot, landing signal officer, and squadron operations officer at Pax River, started out flying F/A-18 Hornets, moved to F/A-18 Super Hornets, and now flies the F-35C. This was his third ship trip and 50th trap -- and he has a definite favorite.

"I prefer the F-35," he said. "It's easy to fly, autopilot is nice, cockpit has good visibility, and mission systems make it easy to do your task."

One of the most difficult and hazardous tasks in naval aviation is landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier, something now made simpler by Delta Flight Path. Developed by Lockheed Martin after a lot of crosstalk and technology sharing with NAVAIR personnel, the semi-automated landing mode significantly helps lower a pilot's workload task.

"The control laws allow aircraft to fly a commanded glide slope," Dyckman said. "Before, you had to manually fly that path through the air. Now, at the push of a button, the airplane will tip over and fly that path. If I have a good approach behind ship, I can push one button. If there are deviations, I can make a correction. Other than that, I may not touch the stick at all during the approach, from the start until touchdown. Coming to the ship is as easy as landing on an airfield now and that enables us to spend less time training guys to land on the ship."

Other testing involved improved nighttime visibility for the aircraft's third generation helmet, which displays symbology right on the pilot's visor.

"I don't have to look down for a piece of info on one display, then to another display and correlate it all in my head; everything appears in the helmet," Dyckman said. "When I look out, even if I'm looking away from where I'm going, I can see my target information, airspeed, altitude, threats. With this airplane, I basically have a display with my aircraft in the center and it presents information for situational awareness."..."
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96397

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The real proof of the pudding will come on the day the F-35 will sneak up behind a Russian bomber undetected and follow it like two F-22s demonstrated very recently. So tell us, when will that day come and the real F-35 magic, you point out, demonstrated?
A question nobody could confidently answer. In fact, prior to the F-22 intercept story, nobody could have answered it about the F-22 either. For F-35, it'll happen when it happens, but probably not before it is deployed to an operational theatre. That may happen sooner than you think.

JATK, you need some sleep. Go and re-read some of your posts which I'm sure will send you off in no time. Works for me.
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'Darren_P' said: [My guess is that a NATOPS check will be made to secure visor before catapulting]
"I noticed that especially at 3:51 where something on the pilot's helmet appears to unexpectedly pop up."
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Watching the F35's moving about on the deck, I thought the front wheel steering was very nimble and quick.
How does the pilot control the 'steering'?


I also noticed the Pilots name/nickname is only on the right side, (although they enter from the left).
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Nose Wheel Steering is effected with rudder pedal inputs. High and Low gain are selectable. Individual toe brakes on each rudder pedal also brake the respective main wheel.

The jet can almost turn within its own length through 180.

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Glad,

Perhaps I can help - although I'm definitely not an expert.

The steering is controlled exactly as MSOCS says. The only thing I'd add is that the F-35C is nimble about the deck because it's designed that way. The twin wheel nose gear allows 'spot turns' as well as very precise positioning of the aircraft. (It is also a key part of the USN specification for attachment to the catapult shuttle, and nose gear behaviour during launch). Precise control is important on any carrier deck, even more so with cat and trap, where the aircraft has to be controlled to within an inch or so to engage with the catapult gear. In addition, some of the deck spotting patterns require very exact positioning.

Some readers may not know that marshalling signals on flight decks are mandatory, not advisory as on land bases. The 'yellow shirts' you see in these clips are highly trained and experienced, and they need to be. They are making a difficult job look easy. Before powered steering nose gear, moving jet aircraft around on flight decks was quite a challenge, especially where space was tight on some of the smaller carriers. The UK came up with some very ingenious 'roller' systems that positioned the aircraft on the catapult.

The F-35B gets away with a (much lighter) single wheel nose gear because the F-35's basic braking systems are very good, and the main gears are widely spaced. As MSOCS so rightly points out, the aircraft can do very compact spot turns if required. The undercarriage layouts of the Sea Harrier (and the GR7s) were, frankly, a bit of a mare on small flight decks, with any spot turns risking loss of an outrigger tyre. F-35 is a real step forward in this respect.

Hope this helps, best regards as ever to the yellow shirts doing the business out on deck,

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Old 28th Aug 2016, 18:38
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Indeed Engines, a single-wheel nosewheel needs just a wee bit of forward motion before gradually throwing full input in, unlike the C's layout.

gr, not interested in sounding like an expert, just being good at my job.
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