The DEW Line gets down with I.P.P.

Lockheed Martin F-35 test aircraft are back in the air after a 16-day grounding. The story is almost ready to move on, but we can’t let it pass without enshrining this moment to posterity in our own special way. In honour of the occasion, we have chosen to re-tell the story in the style of an early-90s rap lyric, which should be spoken to the tune of (what else?) Naughty by Nature’s mega hit “O.P.P”. (If you haven’t heard it, you were probably born 10 years after 1991 or at least 30 years before. It’s ok. Click here.) Here goes:

I.P.P. how can I explain it

I’ll take you plane by plane it

To have power pumping, not overheating it

I is for Inter, P is for Power, not difficult

The last P … well … manages thermals

It’s sort of like another way to say it does lots of things

It’s six little letters that are missing here

That give you on occasion an “explosive event”

As a key subsystem, I gotta start to explainin

Bust it

You ever had a jet of generation 5.0

With so many sensors and big computers no air can blow

You turn on the engine, now the heat goes off the charts

Fool, you best cool those cables fast, or you’ll be seeing sparks

PTMS — Call it P to the T to the M to the S

Sucks in fresh air and dumps the rest of the heat in the gas

It’s I.P.P. time, and there ain’t nothing like it

Cause ain’t no room for the F-35′s fuel tanks without it

How many fourth gen’s out there know just what I’m getting at

Who carry stuff on the outside, blow heat out their stacks

Well, if you do, you’re lighting up radars all over town

But that’s okay – at least you’re off the ground

You down with I.P.P.

Yeah you know me


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10 Responses to The DEW Line gets down with I.P.P.

  1. Lightndattic 23 August, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Wow… I’m speechless.

  2. K 23 August, 2011 at 7:51 am #


  3. Steve 23 August, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Bravo Steve. Don’t listen to the haters.

  4. Stephen Trimble 23 August, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    To be fair, I don’t expect universal appreciation of old-school-gangsta-technical-rap. It’s kind of a niche of a niche.

  5. 36089 24 August, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Who’s down with I.P.P.?
    Every last Honeywell employee

  6. alloycowboy 24 August, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Hey Stephen, you know it’s time to take a vacation when you start writing gangster raps about the F-35′s Honeywell integrated power package (IPP). Could you imagine Flightblogger rapping about the 787 side of body mod. or Runway Girl rapping about Koito seat AD. Not Good!

  7. Stephen Trimble 24 August, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Ha! Allowcowboy will be happy to know there are currently no plans for a Flightglobal aviation-themed gangsta record. But yest it is in fact almost time for my vacation, so you may be on to something there.

  8. Praetorian 24 August, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Awesome, very funny

  9. cc 24 August, 2011 at 8:48 pm #


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