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  • Latest DOD Report on F-35

    https://arstechnica.com/information-...-f-35-program/
    Hate is a self-built dungeon in which a man imprisons his own soul.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Ray Tackett View Post
    Hate is a self-built dungeon...
    Is it okay if I hate the F-35?

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    • #3
      I hope so. I REALLY do.

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      • #4
        Ray, no wonder they are going to order more of these...

        https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...705691/f-15ex/

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        • #5
          Makes sense. If you get into a shooting war with an enemy with a lot of airplanes, you're going to need to bring a lot of missiles into the fight.

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          • #6
            Hi Ray,
            I suspect the F-35, if/when fully developed, could be an amazing element in our tool box. But . . . it is obscenely beyond cost effective. Political pressures precipitated a really bad decision on the use of our taxpayer dollars.

            I expect that within ten years or so our need to reach out and touch someone will be done increasing with, un-personed, remotely operated craft. Both air, sea and land.

            Regards,
            Tom Charlton (who continues to make an, ill spent, tax contribution)
            "The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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            • #7
              I wonder what the cost to build an F-35, once it's unburdened from development costs? I suspect the development is a major part of it's "price tag". Which of course means that the fewer you build, the more obscene the price tag is.

              Maybe the best use of them would be to make China think we're building a bunch of them so they'll bankrupt themselves trying to keep up.

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              • #8
                Lipstick on a pig.

                A POS.

                It may have had a place in a mix of aircraft, but they wanted one peg to fit into all holes, and ended up with turd that doesn't fit any holes.

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                • #9
                  Woohoo, seems the mixed up Inconel and Titanium fasteners, and put the wrong ones in.

                  https://www.airforcemag.com/lockheed...in-most-f-35s/

                  Interesting, yes, they might be "visually similar" but the workers should have known when they picked one up it was not correct based on weight. Inconel is around double the density of titanium.



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                  • #10
                    AND, it seems the gun on the A model won't hit what you are aiming at. An excellent reference for a CAS aircraft.

                    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...oster-of-flaws

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Terry Carraway View Post
                      AND, it seems the gun on the A model won't hit what you are aiming at. An excellent reference for a CAS aircraft.

                      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...oster-of-flaws
                      Maybe they need a 19 year old Warrant Officer to show them how it's done. They were pretty good in Vietnam. ROFL
                      I Earned my Spurs in Vietnam
                      48th AHC 1971-72

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                      • #12
                        And AGAIN - https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020...TSzPazcCvwe_9Q

                        Supersonic flight will cause structural damage


                        Also. https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidd...flaws-in-half/

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                        • #13
                          "This is why we are supposed to be testing weapon systems before we buy a whole bunch of them."

                          ...or the Brits build a shiny new carrier for them.

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                          • #14
                            Reading all of that, it appears that it's not necessarily going supersonic as much as it's the use of the afterburner for supersonic cruise. The heat affects the stealth properties.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bruce Gorrell View Post
                              Reading all of that, it appears that it's not necessarily going supersonic as much as it's the use of the afterburner for supersonic cruise. The heat affects the stealth properties.
                              F-35 jet can only fly at supersonic speeds for short bursts of time before there is a risk of structural damage and loss of stealth capability.
                              More than just the stealth capabilities.

                              Oh, and due to this, the C model (Navy), cannot make super sonic intercepts. Hmm, one size fits all??????? NOT.

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