UK pilots’ take on F-35B sea-trials onboard USS Wasp

9602143642_3bddfc6149_o-1000Lockheed Martin released this video earlier today about the F-35B’s recent sea-trials onboard the USS Wasp.

“Just flying F-35 is the highlight of my career, so being able to come to the USS Wasp and fly F-35 from an LHD class Marine ship is staggering,” says Royal Air Force Sqdn Ldr Jim Schofield. “I’m very excited about what [the F-35] is going to bring the UK and all the partner nations in terms of capability.”

The UK’s F-35Bs will operate both from shore bases with the RAF and with the Royal Navy onboard its two Queen Elizabeth-class carriers, which are currently under construction.[youtube]http://youtu.be/DBI7uiDQA6Y[/youtube]

15 Responses to UK pilots’ take on F-35B sea-trials onboard USS Wasp

  1. sferrin 12 September, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Clearly a Lockheed Martin paid shill. ;-)

    • Amicus Curiae 16 September, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      Funny…No, he’s not. But he knows if he wants to get another promotion he had better sell this jet, or they will get someone who will. He is also promoting himself. If he really believes what he says, it is tainted with self interest. Was he flying Harriers before? Then a STOVL F-35 is truly a big step up. However, I’m thinking that Typhoon pilots would not trade equipment to any F-35 variant for an air to air fight. Nope.

  2. Hugh Crawford 13 September, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    And sferrin is clearly a paid troll funded by Lockheed Martin’s failed competitors.

    • sferrin 14 September, 2013 at 3:26 am #

      You need to calibrate your sarcasm meter.

    • sferrin 14 September, 2013 at 3:40 am #

      Sarcasm. You should learn it.

      • Hugh Crawford 14 September, 2013 at 10:36 am #

        Not intended as sarcasm, but a statement of fact.

        You would do better to stay quiet once your cover was blown, and not draw attention to your lack of a good script, or descent into insults rather than valid comment or criticism.

        • sferrin 14 September, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

          “Not intended as sarcasm, but a statement of fact. You would do better to stay quiet once your cover was blown, and not draw attention to your lack of a good script, or descent into insults rather than valid comment or criticism. ”

          Uhm yeah. Sorry to burst your bubble tough guy but I was being sarcastic. If you’re too stupid to know what this ;-) is that’s not my problem.

  3. Ed K 13 September, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Oh you can just stop trolling Lockheed Martin and the F-35.
    If you hate the plane..fine, just stop putting this plane down.
    You listen to the retarded media and think they are what… somehow smarter and better than the guys who test this plane?
    And you don’t call him a troll or shill…you come back to this website and say this when you have:

    Beaten 500 applicants to get on a pilots course (so you have to prove your worth to existing officers, writing a whole essay under an hour, be able to prove to them you are able learn quickly enough that you will not just waste taxpayer money)
    Pass the rather annoying Officer Training Course
    Be in the best 15 out of the 45 chosen to continue pilot training to become a Fast Jet Pilot.
    Be the best Fast Jet Pilot after 3 years in a SQN so you can become a Test Pilot.
    Pass a year’s course that is highly pressuring and many pilots work from dawn to 3am to get that work down. (If you fail you just wasted $250000 or more for your country)
    Be able to quickly learn how to fly new aircraft (quickly= your first flight in it will have no instructor in the plane with you, you start test flying the moment you see the plane) ,assess qualities of a plane when the strain of 9g and be able to confidently do reviews (a presentation of an aircraft you have test flown so that they may want to buy the plane or a weapon or something like that) in front major leaders.
    Be the best Test pilot in your country so you can get on this program as chief test pilot.

    So please…shut up.

    F-35s are the future, it is not a Tomcat or a Hornet or a Falcon, it is a Lightning II. This means that it will wage war differently to other planes (you probs haven’t thought about tactics on this plane and how they connect to the extensive amount of technology it has).

    So if you really want to know what this plane can offer go see its capabilities and how it works, why they placed it there and use them how can it beat other planes. (For example these pilots can use their more advanced AESA against the Raptor, yes the the Raptor maybe stealthy…but with the electronic warfare suite on the can not fire any missiles which means that it has no choice but to engage in dogfights. Then the F-35 has another strategy, they place other F-35s in the area which are being updated with every moment of other aircraft. If a raptor pilot decides to engage in a dogfight he/she is basically dead, in a dogfight all your brain power is focused on killing that jet you are versus against but the other F-35s will then take this opportunity to engage with missiles at the F-22. Psychologically, two things trying to kill you at the same time and being a highly physical workout there is a pretty high chance the F-35s teamwork can take down the F-22 even it is more maneuverable)

    • sferrin 14 September, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Well that was a lot of work for nothing. Seems there are a couple of complete noobs to the scene who don’t understand that “sarcasm” thing.

      • RSF 15 September, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

        On the noob issue, its nice to see we finally agree on something. As the old saying goes, it takes one to know one, and without a doubt you certainly qualify.

    • Amicus Curiae 16 September, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Listen Ed. I don’t need a lecture about jets or how pilots get to fly them. If you are naïve enough to think that it is just stick and rudder talent that gets you somewhere, allow me to enlighten you. If an F-35 test pilot does not toe the party line, he will be finished moving up and has already started moving out. The fix is in for the F-35, no matter what it costs or how it flies. It’s the F-35 or nothing. Resistance is futile. So, what they say is not useful for evaluation. Get it?

    • Amicus Curiae 16 September, 2013 at 12:57 am #

      Another thing Ed, the F-35 barely has a self defense deterrent capability against F-22 class fighters. A clean F-35 is designed to have the performance of a loaded down F-16 with external tanks and weapons. It will be close to that, probably a little less. The fancy electronic performance you describe has not been proven yet, but someday it will be on line. The F-35 needs this stuff to stay even with current air to air machines. You read the press releases and ask no questions. Consider this press release: An F-22 has the high altitude and high speed to give six AIM-120s a pant load of kinetic energy. It also has a more optimized air to air fire control system, an order of magnitude less radar cross section, and completely covert data communications between other F-22s. I am not optimistic for the F-35 success with only 2 missiles each, launched at half the speed and 80% of the altitude, with a lower powered radar. However, when there are leakers into close range, and there will be, the F-22 still has two AIM-9s, several hundred 20mm rounds a big wing and lots of thrust to duke it out. I find that psychologically intimidating. That and the truth of the statement “The F-35 can’t climb (well maybe the A&B can), can’t turn and can’t run.

    • RSF 16 September, 2013 at 2:43 am #

      Your entire long winded diatribe revolves around the idea that “everyone” outside this program somehow doesn’t have the right to criticize the JSF because they don’t know what they’re talking about.

      Unfortunately we now have years of “experts” in military technology in the form of the GAO and DOT&E writing in depth reports detailing the now long list of serious technical issues and cost overruns which have become the norm for the JSF Program.

      As far as the F-35 being the future of US fighter technology that remains to be seen since not a single aircraft in the now large test fleet has the ability to warfight beyond dropping rudimentary test bombs or firing non-functional test missiles. If a conflict with China erupted at this time there would be no F-35′s participating in the action and that’s after 12+ years of development and several hundred billion dollars of funding.

      Your comments on the F-35 vs. the F-22 demonstrate a lack of basic knowledge about the Raptor. The AN/ALR-94 passive receiver system allows the Raptor to track and identify enemy aircraft up to 250 miles away without radar. The F-22 has the ability operate at a much higher altitude and with a 400 MPH higher top speed the Raptor has a clear kinematic edge in a BVR missile exchange. If a WVR dog fight occurs the F-22 has a lower wing loading, superior thrust to weight ratio, and thrust vectoring engines which again give it the edge.

  4. RSF 16 September, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Note my last comments were for our “friend Ed, and for some reason they didn’t appear as a reply to him.

  5. proyecto ingenieria valencia 8 October, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Es improbable encontrar a escritores con conocimientos sobre este mundillo , pero creo que sabes de lo que estás comentando. Gracias compartir un articulo como este.

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