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F-35 Cancelled, then what ?

Old 7th Jun 2018, 09:48
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I wonder how much downwash / jetblast there was for the spotters on the fenceline ?
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 09:59
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Always look on the bright side of life...

Would it be possible if, just for a day or two, we revel in the fact that our forces have just taken delivery (well we’ve had them for a while but you know what I mean) of our first batch of the worlds most advanced air platform?

I expect normal service will resume shortly and I know it has its detractors but let’s puff out our chests a bit and just be happy for once.

A big well done to the guys that brought them over.

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Old 7th Jun 2018, 10:15
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
12-15 refuelling brackets for each F-35B from MCAS Beaufort to Marham, according to press reports...

No wonder they wanted to name it Lightning.......!
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 12:14
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Originally Posted by Bob Viking View Post
Would it be possible if, just for a day or two, we revel in the fact that our forces have just taken delivery (well we’ve had them for a while but you know what I mean) of our first batch of the worlds most advanced air platform?

I expect normal service will resume shortly and I know it has its detractors but let’s puff out our chests a bit and just be happy for once.

A big well done to the guys that brought them over.

BV
Yes good to see them safely on the ground.
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 13:49
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Well a quick calculation shows 4,000 plus miles on the shortest great circle route, but I imagine the actual route was longer. So dragging 4 single engine jets across the pond from South Carolina USA indeed deserves well done. Not sure if a single Voyager could have done the second phase fuel offload wise, but always nice to have multiple tankers for the long overwater portions- also allows one tanker to divert with a diverting fighter and let the rest of the flight carry on.

Agree with Bob, a good time for some happy news.
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 14:04
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Thanks to the link in post #11378 I was able to watch the coverage of their arrival whilst continuing to enjoy Spanish sunshine. One of the aspects of their arrival that struck me was the sheer length of the shut-down procedure - is that the norm for the F-35B? Anyway, well done to all involved!
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 18:55
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Originally Posted by Lyneham Lad View Post
One of the aspects of their arrival that struck me was the sheer length of the shut-down procedure - is that the norm for the F-35B? Anyway, well done to all involved!
Probably had to wait for the latest updates to install....
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 20:24
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Waiting for the in-flight movie to finish....hat, coat

Well done all
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 20:33
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Did they all do a rolling vertical landing?
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 20:52
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 23:13
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The F-35 rollout in the UK is unhurried...
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 23:52
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Not a ferry tank in sight but. And presumably the frequent top ups and southabout route close to the Azores partly reflected the need to be able to divert in the event of a mishap as well as chasing the best weather and sea states.
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Old 8th Jun 2018, 09:17
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Originally Posted by Frostchamber View Post
Not a ferry tank in sight but. And presumably the frequent top ups and southabout route close to the Azores partly reflected the need to be able to divert in the event of a mishap as well as chasing the best weather and sea states.
so THAT'S what those things. Are that someone dropped in a local field......
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Old 8th Jun 2018, 09:31
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Perhaps they didn’t want the party ruined by being bounced by an SU.
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Old 8th Jun 2018, 17:46
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Any chance of a fly past appearance tomorrow??
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Old 9th Jun 2018, 00:13
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Really...Why Did It Wear So Quickly?

https://www.airforcetimes.com/indust...round-vehicle/

“WASHINGTON ― A U.S. Marine Corps pilot has successfully flown an F-35B Lightning II with a 3-D printed part. The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 used 3-D printing to replace a worn bumper on the landing gear of the fighter jet.

As a commander, my most important commodity is time,” according to Marine Corps Lt. Col. Richard Rusnok, the squadron’s commanding officer.

“Although our supply personnel and logisticians do an outstanding job getting us parts, being able to rapidly make our own parts is a huge advantage.”
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Old 9th Jun 2018, 07:38
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Old 9th Jun 2018, 16:32
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Originally Posted by TorqueOfTheDevil View Post
That didn't stop us getting the Buccaneer, did it?
Sad thing is the RAF could have ordered years before - it was pretty much forced on them as the only option at the end
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Old 10th Jun 2018, 21:41
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It was very good to see them arrive.

A Typhoon /F-35 combo will make a pretty potent package.
https://world.eurofighter.com/articl...art-of-new-mix
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Old 11th Jun 2018, 01:25
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Heathrow Harry,

Except for the fact that the Buccaneer came nowhere near meeting the specification, so would have failed all the procurement requirements in the competition, so the RAF couldn't have "ordered them years before" owing to totally failing to meet, just as a few examples;
1. Mach 2+ at altitude.
2. Supersonic dash at low level over target
3. Rough field capability.
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