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F-35 Down in Albuquerque

Old 28th May 2024, 21:32
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F-35 Down in Albuquerque

A F-35 fighter jet just crashed during takeoff at Albuquerque International, New Mexico.

Pilot reportedly ejected.


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Old 28th May 2024, 22:05
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Old 28th May 2024, 22:08
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Pilot conscious - being transported
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Old 28th May 2024, 22:12
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Lucky it didn't take out anyone on the road - short video

https://x.com/i/status/1795561121312608381

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Includes first report from local Fire PIO

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Old 28th May 2024, 22:55
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Aircraft belonged to USMC - so was a F-35B or F-35C - and was a new aircraft being flown by a Defense Contract Management Agency pilot on delivery [source: Pentagon > ABC News]
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Old 28th May 2024, 23:18
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CBS News told by 2 Pentagon officials that it was a development model being delivered to Edwards, AFB.
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Lockheed Martin just confirmed to The War Zone that it was a F-35B en route to Edwards AFB

https://www.twz.com/air/f-35-crashes-in-new-mexico
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Old 28th May 2024, 23:33
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Look like flight test will be delayed a bit.
Glad the ejection was a success.
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Old 29th May 2024, 01:42
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Looks as if something went pear-shaped during takeoff roll but too late to abort, from the location of aircraft and parachute.
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Appears to have gone off the departure end of 21 then down the embankment above University Boulevard.
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Old 29th May 2024, 14:35
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Moments before the crash

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Crash point - from same viewpoint

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Couple of new photos and some audio are circulating, things that investigators will be looking at.
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Interesting from the take off shot that the toilet lid was up implying front fan activation, but in the wreckage aerial shot the rear nozzle appears fully aft. Not a combination for a STOL take off as I understand it ? Cancelling the STOL configuration at low speed isn't going to suddenly increase speed to to go fully wing borne is it, or is that the emergency FRC action ?
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The airborne shot and the crash shot appear to have been taken from the SW end of the cargo ramp close to the departure end of RW21. RW21 was active so the aircraft seems to have used up all its length before crashing just off airport.

The GE shot shows my interpretation of the photo evidence. Just one person's speculation and happy to be corrected.


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This ABC News image seems to show that the aircraft wreckage is on the South side of University Boulevard not on the North side.


If true it impacted rising terrain rather than the downslope of the airport mesa.

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Should he have turned left then?
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CBS News told by 2 Pentagon officials that it was a development model being delivered to Edwards, AFB.
29 May 2024 "...“The aircraft was a test jet equipped with Technology Refresh 2 (TR-2) and was transferring to Edwards AFB for additional test equipment modification...." F-35B test jet crashes in New Mexico, pilot ejects safely but sustains injuries - Breaking Defense
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https://www.airandspaceforces.com/ai...rash-kirtland/ 29 May 2024
"The F-35B that crashed May 28 in New Mexico was flown by an Air Force pilot, the F-35 Joint Program Office and the Air Force said. The pilot ejected at low altitude and suffered serious injuries, but is in stable condition, according to the Air Force.... Due to the investigation now underway, the JPO could not provide details on the pilot’s identity or experience other than to say the person was checked out on the F-35B and qualified to fly the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, which is flown operationally by Marine Corps pilots. The Air Force pilot was flying the jet on behalf of the Defense Contract Management Agency....
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...A former F-35 test pilot told Air & Space Forces Magazine that both combined test force pilots and DCMA pilots are typically qualified to fly all three F-35 variants, which include the conventional takeoff F-35A model, the STOVL F-35B, and the carrier-capable F-35C.

The three airplanes “are similar in the way [they] fly,” the test pilot said. “With the B [version], you simply move a lever, and then you’re in STOVL mode, and the controls then do their STOVL moves.” He said it was not possible to tell from an image taken just before the crash what was happening with the main exhaust, which rotates from downward to rearward in the transition from vertical to horizontal flight. But he said the jet should have been at a higher altitude by that point in a STOVL takeoff and the jet’s attitude seemed high for the configuration."..."

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