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Old 02-11-2016, 00:45
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The crew of America must feel much safer knowing that "Sally" Fields, is flying off their deck! Perhaps, they should be steaming off of Puerto Rico to make "Sally" Fields feel more at home?
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The crew of America must feel much safer knowing that "Sally" Fields, is flying off their deck! Perhaps, they should be steaming off of Puerto Rico to make "Sally" Fields feel more at home?
Well I guess that fell flat. "Sally" Fields is a call sign of a pilot mentioned in the article that flies the B, and Sally Field is famously known as the Flying Nun that resides in a convent on Puerto Rico.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SnhgpVb-u5s
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:52
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Well I guess that fell flat. "Sally" Fields is a call sign of a pilot mentioned in the article that flies the B, and Sally Field is famously known as the Flying Nun that resides in a convent on Puerto Rico.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SnhgpVb-u5s
Sally - "BF-04 Flt 371 piloted by Lt Col Tom “Sally” Fields performs aerial refueling tests with a KC-30 Voyager tanker on 16 May 2016 from NAS Patuxent River, MD"

See: https://theaviationist.com/2016/06/0...-a-week-early/
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Old 02-11-2016, 16:36
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Sally - "BF-04 Flt 371 piloted by Lt Col Tom “Sally” Fields performs aerial refueling tests with a KC-30 Voyager tanker on 16 May 2016 from NAS Patuxent River, MD"

See: https://theaviationist.com/2016/06/0...-a-week-early/
That night time photo was actually taken off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland as I can recognize it.
The other daytime photos are from Pax River/mid Chesapeake Bay Area.

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Old 02-11-2016, 22:51
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F35B's onboard USS America. Note that we have two UK pilots taking part.For some reason if you first cursor down you only get a few photos. So then cursor back up and you get a whole lot more.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockhe...h/30643509921/
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Old 02-11-2016, 23:38
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If one prefers moving pictures (aboard America).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fP0AvJlTQl4
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:15
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Parliamentary answers 2nd Oct. I wonder if this has any relevence or is just more political ' muddying of the waters'.

Asked by Mr Kevan Jones
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Asked on: 26 October 2016
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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to procure the F-35A for the Royal Air Force; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 02 November 2016

The Strategic Defence and Security Review confirmed the UK's commitment to procure 138 F-35 aircraft over the life of the programme. Decisions on the precise details of subsequent tranches will be taken at the appropriate time to ensure the most appropriate capability and the best value for money.

As of 2 November 2016 five F35B aircraft have been delivered.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:17
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If one prefers moving pictures (aboard America).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fP0AvJlTQl4
'Moving pictures' now that takes me back a while
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Old 03-11-2016, 11:49
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I look forward to seeing pictures, still and motion, of the F35B successfully taking off with a load out of external weapons on the pylons and the gun under the centreline, so that it can actually do some CAS.

As I see it, not having full information, they are only getting airborne, with a light load, at the lip of the deck, implying that they need the full length of the deck to achieve this evolution?
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Old 03-11-2016, 18:19
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Parliamentary answers 2nd Oct. I wonder if this has any relevence or is just more political ' muddying of the waters'.

Asked by Mr Kevan Jones
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Asked on: 26 October 2016
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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to procure the F-35A for the Royal Air Force; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered on: 02 November 2016

The Strategic Defence and Security Review confirmed the UK's commitment to procure 138 F-35 aircraft over the life of the programme. Decisions on the precise details of subsequent tranches will be taken at the appropriate time to ensure the most appropriate capability and the best value for money.

As of 2 November 2016 five F35B aircraft have been delivered.
i.e. The longer we wait the cheaper they get as understand it.
Thank you both for the links.

ALSO see: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and...1103-f35-paces
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Old 03-11-2016, 22:58
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i.e. The longer we wait the cheaper they get as understand it.
Thank you both for the links.

ALSO see: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and...1103-f35-paces
The main point though is the ambiguous answer in regards to the purchase of the 'A' model for the RAF. We have had rumours previously of splitting the buy between the 'B' and the 'A', and she is doing nothing to dispel such rumours.
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Old 04-11-2016, 23:54
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This still photo shows weapons on external hard points on an F-35B aboard America.

http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...VR008-0058.JPG
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Old 07-11-2016, 15:29
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UK to be global repair hub for F35.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/u...-35-repair-hub
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Old 07-11-2016, 18:09
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UK to be global repair hub for F35.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/u...-35-repair-hub
Also: http://www.deeside.com/deeside-selec...35-repair-hub/
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:26
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I look forward to seeing pictures, still and motion, of the F35B successfully taking off with a load out of external weapons on the pylons and the gun under the centreline, so that it can actually do some CAS.

As I see it, not having full information, they are only getting airborne, with a light load, at the lip of the deck, implying that they need the full length of the deck to achieve this evolution?
Here you go, one on the cat and loaded.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockhe...7676041850865/
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Old 09-11-2016, 10:39
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Here you go, one on the cat and loaded.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockhe...7676041850865/
Thanks for sharing that, I notice it was BF-01 a test and development airframe, they seem to have sorted out the safe separation of weapons from the pylons.
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Old 10-11-2016, 17:20
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Hi-rez USN photo of a B, hovering with bombs.

http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...VR008-0354.JPG
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Old 10-11-2016, 18:10
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Hi-rez USN photo of a B, hovering with bombs.

http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...VR008-0354.JPG
It looks more like BF 01 lining up before setting itself up for take off, as shown in the previous post.
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Old 10-11-2016, 18:17
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It looks more like BF 01 lining up before setting itself up for take off, as shown in the previous post.
If that is the case, at least one wheel is off the deck in this shot.

http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...VR008-0172.JPG
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Old 10-11-2016, 19:35
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If that is the case, at least one wheel is off the deck in this shot.

http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...VR008-0172.JPG
Indeed, bombs, or bomb shapes on pylons, no gun and no external mounted a2a missiles, on a development air frame. Not 100% sure which software version it it is running, do you?

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Indeed, bombs, or bomb shapes on pylons, no gun and no external mounted a2a missiles, on a development air frame. Not 100% sure which software version it it is running, do you?
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2016) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft equipped with inert 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided test bombs prepares for takeoff from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant is the world's first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft. America, with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1), Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) embarked, are underway conducting operational testing and the third phase of developmental testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, respectively. The tests will evaluate the full spectrum of joint strike fighter measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Goldberg/Released)
See: http://www.navy.mil/view_imagex.asp?id=228250&t=1

Also: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=97593

A total of seven of the STOVL (short take-off vertical landing) variants of the Lockheed Martin-built jet are embarked on USS America for both developmental and operational testing.

Also on board are Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel. The diverse Integrated Test Force team includes technicians, maintainers, engineers, logisticians, support staff and test pilots from the squadron known as VX23.

The engineers are led by Lt Cdr Dale Collins, the UK’s F-35B air engineer and ship integration project officer, while the pilots are RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell and former Fleet Air Arm pilot Peter ‘Wizzer’ Wilson, now working for BAE Systems.

The three-week long final phase of testing will evaluate the full range of the aircraft’s suitability and effectiveness on a sea-going carrier. The trial follows previous ones aboard the USS Wasp.

The UK’s new flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to embark her first F-35Bs in 2018.
FROM: http://navaltoday.com/2016/11/03/uk-...-f-35b-trials/

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Well I guess that fell flat. "Sally" Fields is a call sign of a pilot mentioned in the article that flies the B, and Sally Field is famously known as the Flying Nun that resides in a convent on Puerto Rico.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SnhgpVb-u5s
Nope Surfgun it didn't fall flat in my case .... I just needed time; first to find a photo then scan it for your edification (it's away off topic though)...

Wee Willie Winkie 'in his night gown' seen out on an evening with his own 'Flying Nun' (significant licence having been taken in the costume department - not to mention the headgear being inverted from flight mode)

I guess that I will not be surpised if Hon Mod Jim removes this post from the thread - but I thought it was worth giving you all a laugh



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LOL, nice!
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Old 21-11-2016, 23:13
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F-35B's from USS America have delivered weapons (on the Yuma, Arizona range).

http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/20161121-f35b.html
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Old 22-11-2016, 02:58
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A video of higher intensity ops from USS America.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8cYnukFIuOs
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