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Old 01-06-2012, 08:21 AM
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This video is fresh (for the public). It was made just a few weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News (Hampton Roads), Virginia .

These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL's and STO's in a three week period. The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard. Neither of which happened. You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates. That was an intentional part of the sea trials.

The USS Wasp is an amphibious assault ship designed to embark a Marine Expeditionary Unit. It is capable of simultaneously supporting rotary and fixed wing STOVL aircraft and amphibious landing craft operations. For this test deployment the USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoffs and vertical landings.

No catapult...... No hook ............

The shape and scope of warfare worldwide has changed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Ki86x1WKPmE
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Originally Posted by mfav View Post
This video is fresh (for the public). It was made just a few weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News (Hampton Roads), Virginia .

These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL's and STO's in a three week period. The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard. Neither of which happened. You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates. That was an intentional part of the sea trials.

The USS Wasp is an amphibious assault ship designed to embark a Marine Expeditionary Unit. It is capable of simultaneously supporting rotary and fixed wing STOVL aircraft and amphibious landing craft operations. For this test deployment the USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoffs and vertical landings.

No catapult...... No hook ............

The shape and scope of warfare worldwide has changed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Ki86x1WKPmE

Sweet.................. thanks for sharing.
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Sweet! Thanks for sharing!
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The Wasp's already operate with Harriers on board, they should easily be able to operate the F35. Did anyone notice any service branch marking on the jets? The pilots were a Maj. and a LTC so most likely they were Marine pilots.
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Originally Posted by CaptKennyW View Post
The Wasp's already operate with Harriers on board, they should easily be able to operate the F35. Did anyone notice any service branch marking on the jets? The pilots were a Maj. and a LTC so most likely they were Marine pilots.
They are from PAX River MD. RDT&E
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I don't know how much of this is true or if it is just some bad propaganda..

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Originally Posted by AK_angler View Post
I don't know how much of this is true or if it is just some bad propaganda..

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Ki86x1WKPmE


Same video as in the OP
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Well crap, I watched the video to the end and then there was a 10min video about the F22 and F35. It was a negative video basically saying the Russians and Chinese have us beat in every aspect. When I copy the URL it does go to the op's video and I don't know why..?
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Originally Posted by AK_angler View Post
Well crap, I watched the video to the end and then there was a 10min video about the F22 and F35. It was a negative video basically saying the Russians and Chinese have us beat in every aspect. When I copy the URL it does go to the op's video and I don't know why..?
We have nothing to fear with regard to Russia and China. All of their shit breaks!!
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Originally Posted by AK_angler View Post
Well crap, I watched the video to the end and then there was a 10min video about the F22 and F35. It was a negative video basically saying the Russians and Chinese have us beat in every aspect. When I copy the URL it does go to the op's video and I don't know why..?
I think I found the video you saw. I call BS if they were better all of our enemies would have them if they could afford them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27qdB1D0s9M
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I've been waiting all day to watch this.

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Those look awesome and really looks waspish when it opens up, doesn't look like they can hover too long seems like a timed event
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Those look awesome and really looks waspish when it opens up, doesn't look like they can hover too long seems like a timed event
The F35 is built on the same premise as the late Harrier jets. They can hover awhile. When and if they ever complete the F35 Project and as of now it has been put on hold because of the cost. The Marines will have them first.
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Cool Video!

How has the shape and scope of warfare changed? I mean it has stealth but the VSTOL capability is just replacing the AV8B. No tail hook because all the attempts at tail hook landings failed!

I hope they never build it. It's massively overpriced with the VSTOL version costing $150M a piece. That's insane. It doesn't even meet the stealth design parameters that it was designed to meet. It's got too many design short comings that would have to be worked out adding more time and cost to an already bloated project.

The electronic capabilities are fantastic. Its just not a good airframe. To purchaser it would be selling the American people a less than exceptional fighter jet. The programs lofty goals can't be met.
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We had a Harrier Squadron on Ranger for a while.... Kinda cool - but they burn a ton of fuel and have very small wing span.... Not great for dog fighting... But they are bad azz....
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That Shaft that drive the VTOL system has been a problem for the fighter. They have to reduce the horsepower to 5000 for the clutch to engage and that my friends has to be one powerful clutch. Also the shaft is alway spinning. The other "issue" with the JSF is it is single engine. All of our great fighters F15's Phantom's and Tomcat's were dual engine planes.

I leaned a lot about the JSF while in the Cigar shop listening to Boing/ McDonald Douglas engineers talk about it and it's short comings vs the MD model that was turned down by the govenment. Also could have been a Chevy vs Ford thing. But engineers as most of know are pretty far out there as how they think.
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Man, one of those would make a killer spotter for a dolphin/tune fishing trip.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
We had a Harrier Squadron on Ranger for a while.... Kinda cool - but they burn a ton of fuel and have very small wing span.... Not great for dog fighting... But they are bad azz....
The Marines will use them as close air support like they do the Harrier. And since they are buying old RAF Harriers to replace their own I would say they deserve a new CAS jet.
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