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Old 04-09-2012, 12:12 PM
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TheUSS 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 landingcraft operations. The USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL).
No catapult. No hook.

Notice that all the names on the side of the cockpits are Air Force rank, not Navy

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Ki86x1WKPmE
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Thats because real Naval Aviators know how to catch a hook and land on a Carrier .... LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zspp5Qufqsk

Good video BTW - But Harriers are crap... :-)
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Could be USMC. I caught some MC ranks for the crew chiefs.

Pretty cool whoever is flying.
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The F-35B is very easy to land. The pilot has the option of selecting a spot on the deck and letting the aircraft's computers land the plane or he can take a more active role in landing if he chooses. I worked design, development, testing and marketing F-35 before I retired in 2007. Great to see hardware on deck.
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Marine Corps pilots and crew chiefs.

Harriers [ not the same aircraft as in the video] have been in service with the USMC for over 30 years, so calling them "crap" is a bit of an exaggeration.
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so calling them "crap" is a bit of an exaggeration.

Yep,,, I will retract that..... Slow, gas hogs of little real value
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
TheUSS 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 landingcraft operations. The USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL).
No catapult. No hook.

Notice that all the names on the side of the cockpits are Air Force rank, not Navy

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

The pilots are marines not air force. VTOL is a jarhead gig, hopefully the f35b doesn't earn the nickname "widowmaker". Like the harrier
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
TheUSS 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 landingcraft operations. The USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL).
No catapult. No hook.

Notice that all the names on the side of the cockpits are Air Force rank, not Navy

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Ki86x1WKPmE
I would imagine those would be Marine ranks...not AF.
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US Marine Aviators fly the F35B which replaces the AV-8B Harrier and the F-18 Hornet.

The Wasp was the first ship to host the V-22 Osprey.








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Originally Posted by capecuddy View Post
I would imagine those would be Marine ranks...not AF.
I do believe your right. While its a Joint Strike Fighter, I think the Marines fly the B model. Sorry
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Unbelievable!! I was thinking I was watching the next movie in the Transformers series. That thing is badass for sure.

BTW, as they were conducting "suitability" tests per the vid and some of you were discussing Air Force vs. Marine rankings. Could it have been an AF test pilot? Just a thought..

Either way, awesome vid, thanks for posting. Ain't technology great!
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The USS Wasp always has a full squadron of Marine Aviators on board.
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Marines. They are testing the birds out of Eglin.
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