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Despite USAF IOC, F-35 Still Falls Short

... by Bloomberg News. Among the problems faced by the F-35 testing program: flight testing has fallen well behind schedule, complex ... current problems, Gilmore is not against the idea that the F-35 could be deployed today, stating the F-35 would have to be accompanied by ...

Blog entry - Colin - 08/25/2016 - 08:41 - 1 comment - 1 attachment

Some Good F-35 News, For Once!

It looks like the F-35 program finally has some good budget-related news to pass along. Or, at least 1/3 of the F-35 program does! According to Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin's program manager for the F-35 program, the cost-per-plane of the Air Force's F-35A is expected to drop ...

Story - Colin - 03/22/2016 - 10:40 - 0 comments - 1 attachment

F-35 Not Ready Before 2022 According to DOT&E

... of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) on the F-35 program, and although the DOT&E report is full of technical language, the overall summary is bad news for the F-35. The DOT&E Report (which you can download as a .PDF file at the ...

Story - Colin - 03/22/2016 - 10:40 - 0 comments - 2 attachments

Video: First Firing of F-35 Gun Pod

Bad news about the F-35's combat capabilities, development, and its cost is nothing new. We've ... and more !. However, it's not all bad news - the F-35's stealthy external gun pod, which will be carried on the Marine Corp's ... designed to be mounted on the center pylon, in between the F-35's weapons bays. While it is designed to be as stealthy as possible, it ...

Blog entry - Colin - 07/30/2016 - 18:28 - 0 comments - 2 attachments

The Air Force's New Trainer Competition Is Looking Good!

... fighters that pilots end up flying, like the F-22 and F-35. While contracts for smaller and less-expensive (and less prestigious) ...

Blog entry - Colin - 12/22/2016 - 10:31 - 0 comments - 1 attachment

F-35A Declared Operational

... that the Air Force can now send the Air Force's first F-35 squadron, the 34th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, into ... operational, they still lack at least a portion of the F-35's promised capabilities. According to officials, in order to reach IOC, ...

Blog entry - Colin - 08/03/2016 - 07:35 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

F-35 Flies With Thunderbirds

A neat picture of the F-35 keeping up with the Thunderbird's F-16 in a relatively low-speed formation ... If you watch the video you can tell that the F-35 is maintaining a higher AOA (angle-of-attack, the angle between the ... and the nose or wing) than the F-16, but at the end the F-35 demonstrates pretty impressive slow-speed handling and its power-to-weight ...

Blog entry - Colin - 05/13/2016 - 08:26 - 0 comments - 1 attachment

USAF Aircraft Aging: F-15, F-16 and A-10 Must Carry On

... run had never been shut down. Covering for the F-35 The F-16 and A-10 are also nearing (or past) the end of their planned lifespan. Both were expected to be replaced by the F-35 Lightening, although the ballooning cost and slower-than-expected ...

Blog entry - Colin - 07/28/2016 - 07:06 - 0 comments - 1 attachment

A Look at the F-35's CAS Tactics

The F-35 is causing controversy just about everywhere that it's mentioned. ... Perhaps one of the biggest controversies that the F-35 is dealing with is it's projected replacing of one of the most effective ... any enemy in the area. It seems obvious, but since the F-35 will not be able to use the same tactics and weapons (mainly that big ...

Story - Colin - 12/10/2014 - 12:55 - 0 comments - 1 attachment

Video: RAF F-35B in 4K

... and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically. ... and it looks like things went quite well! The F-35 was originally supposed to make its UK debut in 2014, when an engine fire ...

Story - Colin - 07/08/2016 - 14:06 - 0 comments - 0 attachments