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Old 18-02-2017, 19:08
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Possibly closing notes on the port/starboard island discussion:-

1/. From another forum some years back - "Normal aviation practice is to fly left hand circuits which made having the island on the starboard side a logical choice, the aircraft turned away from the island if doing a closed circuit, continuing left turns to downwind, base and finals.

The Japanese carriers with islands on the port side were Hiryu and Akagi, after modernisation. The theory was that they could work in close formation with their sister ships, flying a right hand circuit, while the aircraft of the sister ship used left hand circuits, so that their respective air groups could operate together with minimal interference when landing and taking off.
Hiryu was supposed to work with her near sister Soryu, while Akagi worked with Kaga.

That was the theory anyway!"

2/. Mention was made of a pilot's instinct to turn to port in an emergency. For the average pilot (and I was a very average pilot) the most natural stick movement for a turn is to the left. It also combines more easily with the head movement to the left to keep a lookout in the turn.

Try it yourself, sit with a walking stick or similar between your knees, held in your right hand. Now try a combined hand and head movement to left and to right - most of us find the left easier.

Don't think I can add any more and I promise to stop cluttering the thread with non-F35 stuff!

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Old 18-02-2017, 21:24
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Possibly closing notes on the port/starboard island discussion:-

1/. From another forum some years back - "Normal aviation practice is to fly left hand circuits which made having the island on the starboard side a logical choice, the aircraft turned away from the island if doing a closed circuit, continuing left turns to downwind, base and finals.

The Japanese carriers with islands on the port side were Hiryu and Akagi, after modernisation. The theory was that they could work in close formation with their sister ships, flying a right hand circuit, while the aircraft of the sister ship used left hand circuits, so that their respective air groups could operate together with minimal interference when landing and taking off.
Hiryu was supposed to work with her near sister Soryu, while Akagi worked with Kaga.

That was the theory anyway!"

2/. Mention was made of a pilot's instinct to turn to port in an emergency. For the average pilot (and I was a very average pilot) the most natural stick movement for a turn is to the left. It also combines more easily with the head movement to the left to keep a lookout in the turn.

Try it yourself, sit with a walking stick or similar between your knees, held in your right hand. Now try a combined hand and head movement to left and to right - most of us find the left easier.

Don't think I can add any more and I promise to stop cluttering the thread with non-F35 stuff!

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Thanks Gd but how about lefthanders? Just a thought.
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Old 18-02-2017, 22:45
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Quite understand, both my father and my son were/are lefties. By contrast, I am almost cripplingly right-handed.

Perversely, the Captain's seat in a civil-type aircraft is essentially left-handed, but all single-seaters are designed to be flown right-handed. I have plenty of left seat time and didn't find it a problem, despite my extreme right-handedness.

Can't honestly give a straight answer, David. Wish I could, but never heard a complaint voiced by a leftie. Would be most interested if some respond.

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Old 19-02-2017, 04:49
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Getting back to the Red Flag results, this hearing simply reinforces the F35's combat advantage over ALL other 4 gen platforms.
Any of the doubters and muppets who still argu against the aircraft are simply blind to the avalanche of evidence mounting in its favour.
The military leaders interviewed in the link are not talking theory, this is hard evidence.

https://youtu.be/zgLjNsB_hyM
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Old 19-02-2017, 07:54
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Getting back to the Red Flag results, this hearing simply reinforces the F35's combat advantage over ALL other 4 gen platforms.
Any of the doubters and muppets who still argu against the aircraft are simply blind to the avalanche of evidence mounting in its favour.
The military leaders interviewed in the link are not talking theory, this is hard evidence.

https://youtu.be/zgLjNsB_hyM
Excellent video find. Good to hear such positive results from the guys who use the aircraft, not from the anti's who have never even sat in the cockpit.

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Old 24-02-2017, 14:06
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Parliamentary written answers 24th Feb 2017 :-

Asked by Mr Kevan Jones
(North Durham)
Asked on: 20 February 2017
Ministry of Defence
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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Major Projects Portfolio data 2015, published in July 2016, whether the increasing risk to Initial Capability of the F-35 Lightning II programme as a result of manning issues is extant.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 24 February 2017

The overall manning situation has improved. However, the lack of manpower - particularly in the Defence Equipment and Support area - remains an extant risk and is kept under review. Since the Department's Major Projects Portfolio data for 2015 was published, the number of specialist personnel to support the programme from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy has been increased and these additional people have now started to be posted into roles supporting the Lightning Programme.
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Old 28-02-2017, 07:45
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USMC upbeat on the F35B :-

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...achine-434632/
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Old 28-02-2017, 13:00
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Lt General Bogdan bigs up the F35 :-

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ss-eye-434637/
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Old 03-03-2017, 21:46
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WARTON SIMULATOR

Imagine being tasked with landing an aircraft in a way that’s never been attempted before, on a carrier that you've never seen. Now imagine that aircraft is a $100 million jet that can fly at speeds of 1,199mph, and the carrier is the £3.1 billion, 280-metre-long pride of the Royal Navy. Even seasoned pilots with a constitution of graphene might take issue with that prospect. So they come to a small Lancashire village to practice what is not yet a reality.
From - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCuLN_FaF8

Here, in Warton, the ocean undulates with hypnotic rhythm all around us. It would be soothing if it were not for that jet engine roaring beneath us, seeming to echo off the waters. It’s the sound of BAE Systems’ £2 million F-35B simulator, a highly secretive (WIRED was not allowed to photograph the control screen) and realistic training model finished in February for British pilots who come here to practice landings. The massive curved 360-degree screens fill the domed room around the ‘jet’, completing the oceanic mirage. Shipborne rolling vertical landings (SRVL) have never been attempted with the F-35B, and cannot be attempted until the HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier - the future home of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force fleet of F-35Bs - is unveiled in 2018.
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But Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landings (SRVLs) have been done in Harriers, so it is hardly an "unproven" technique.
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Old 06-03-2017, 13:28
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F35B fires GAU-22 :-

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Old 07-03-2017, 08:01
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Defence answers 6th March 2017:-

Asked by Mr Kevan Jones
(North Durham)
[N]
Asked on: 01 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
66270
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, how many additional Defence Equipment and Support staff are needed to reduce the manning risk to Initial Capability of the F-35 Lightning II programme.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 06 March 2017

The overall Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) manpower requirement for the Lightning programme is being considered as part of the wider DE&S Transformation programme and will be defined by April 2017. This includes any additional staff needed to meet Lightning initial operating capability and to support the aircraft as it comes into service.
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[N]
Asked on: 01 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force roles required to support the F-35 Lightning II programme are undermanned; and what estimate he has made of the number of personnel required to adequately support that programme.
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Answered on: 06 March 2017

The majority of military posts required to support F-35 Lightning II Initial Operating Capability have been established and are being filled. In the limited areas where posts are waiting to be established, work is on-going to address this through the formal processes and will be dependent upon a successful outcome. Whilst Lightning posts are being filled on a priority basis, current manning is under review.
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Old 14-03-2017, 10:37
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Navy’s new stealth fighters debut at Culdrose
14 March 2017


The Navy’s first ‘stealth fighter squadron’ is in operation on UK soil.
Four life-size models of the F-35 Lightning II – built from fibre glass – are in use on the replica flight deck at RNAS Culdrose so aircraft handlers from HMS Queen Elizabeth can get used to the size and weight when they start working with the real thing next year.

Continues at - https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/16025
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Old 14-03-2017, 19:28
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The Navy’s first ‘stealth fighter squadron’ is in operation on UK soil.
Four life-size models of the F-35 Lightning II – built from fibre glass – are in use on the replica flight deck at RNAS Culdrose so aircraft handlers from HMS Queen Elizabeth can get used to the size and weight when they start working with the real thing next year.

Continues at - https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/16025


Arising from the linked article; I sense a certain CPO(AH) may have difficulty becoming a Warrant Officer if any USMC, RAF or FAA F35B pilots get to read his description of them....

“............ And for the fire-fighters, there’s the challenge of lifting a 16-stone dummy from the cockpit.”

Ooops


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Old 15-03-2017, 20:25
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Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) away..
http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/...15-asraam.html
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Old 15-03-2017, 21:58
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Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) away..
http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/...15-asraam.html
Well found and posted - thank you.
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Old 24-03-2017, 10:17
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Parliamentary written answers 23rd March 2017 :- I suppose we must forgive the member for Stirling, who seems to think only the RAF will be operating these a/c.

Asked by Steven Paterson
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Asked on: 15 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
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68093
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF pilots are trained to operate Lightning II jets.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 23 March 2017

As at 17 March 2017, eight RAF and five Royal Navy pilots have been trained to operate the F35 Lightning aircraft.
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Asked by Steven Paterson
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Asked on: 15 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
68094
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF pilots his Department plans to train to operate Lightning II jets in each of the next 10 years.
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Answered on: 23 March 2017

The F-35 Lightning programme will train sufficient pilots to deliver operational requirements.
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Old 27-03-2017, 14:04
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Article from 'defense-aerospace.com' Spear3 integration :-


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Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued March 24, 2017)
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $10,470,663 for delivery order 0011 against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) to complete a Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 risk reduction and integration study of the F-35 air system for the government of the United Kingdom.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (75 percent); Orlando, Florida (10 percent); Lancashire, United Kingdom (10 percent); and Redondo Beach, California (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020.

International partner funds in the amount of $10,470,663 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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Old 30-03-2017, 14:08
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Pilots begin flights in new F-35 Lightning II simulator in preparation for trials on carrier

http://www.baesystems.com/en/article...als-on-carrier
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Plan to service UK F-35 jets in Turkey sparks security concerns

See - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39501299
A bit old but ties in - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/1...rhaul_says_us/
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F-35's in the Mach Loop.
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Martin-Baker ejection seat mods pass all tests for the F35 :-

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The US Marine Corps Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons ‘Integrated Test Force’ has completed airborne gunfire testing for the F-35B.

The GAU-22/A is a four-barrel gun designed for use on the F-35. The CTOL version of the aircraft will carry the gun internally, while the STOVL and CV versions use it as an external podded gun. The GAU-22/A has a rate of fire of 3,300 rounds per minute and an improved accuracy of 1.4 milliradians as compared to the GAU-12.

The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy plan to operate 138 F-35B aircraft. Their training will take place at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, where British pilots and maintainers will be embedded with the US Marine Corps and their fleet of F-35Bs.
This joint approach to getting the aircraft ready was very clear with recent F-35 trials aboard the USS Wasp, with much of the data produced being used to inform not only the USMC’s declaration of initial operating capability but also the British effort.
UK personnel were fully embedded in the USS Wasp trials and will use the data gathered from this event, future trials and operational deployments to support the UK’s flying trials aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018.
Co-operation doesn’t just extend to training, plans for frequent deployment of American F-35 aircraft alongside British jets aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth have been confirmed by British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and are expected to significantly boost the capabilities of the UK’s new carriers.
It is expected that the UK will build a front-line fleet of four F-35 squadrons with each squadron having 12 jets. A fifth unit, an operational conversion unit, will also operate 12 aircraft.

Continues at - https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/f-35...paig n=social
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Lockheed Martin is considering laser weapon concepts for use by the F-35 and other aircraft.

A recent press briefing in the Netherlands for the F-35 has restarted the rumour mill that the F-35 will be one of the platforms that will eventually feature laser based weapons technology. The US military and its allies have allocated millions of dollars for directed energy research and development. The US Air Force is pursing laser weapon systems for installation on fighter jets as well as the AC-130J Ghostrider gunship.

The UK also recently announced its interest in creating a laser based defence system, similar to Phalanx, for its warships.

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SPEAR 3 warhead :-

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