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F-35B vertical takeoff video

At long last, Lockheed Martin has released the video of thefirst F-35B vertical takeoff on 10 May. For whatever reason, NAVAIR and theF-35 Joint Program Office would not clear this for release at the time of theevent. Anyways, vertical takeoff is a US Marine Corps requirement,however it’s only intended from repositioning the jet where a […]

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F-35A departure testing at Edwards AFB

Lockheed Martin recently released this video of test pilotsat Edwards AFB, California, intentionally departing the F-35A and testingrecovery procedures. This sort of testing is vital since operational pilots willfind a way to depart the jet no matter how departure resistant the aircraft is.It happened during operational testing for the F-22 when one of the pilotsmanaged […]

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The day of the unmanned aircraft.

Unmanned aircraft have been grabbing the headlines today. First, there is now a clearer picture available of what appears to be China’s first stealth UAV–but little more than that is really known, everything else is pure speculation. However, one industry source says that to his very experienced eyes, the aircraft is a genuine advance in […]

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F-35B performs first vertical take-off

Sources say that test pilots at NAS Patuxent River,Maryland, performed the first Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)vertical take-off on 10 May. The US Marine Corps’ short take-off vertical landing (STOVL)variant has always had a requirement to perform vertical take-offs right fromthe outset of the JSF programme. However, the capability is not emphasizedbecause the […]

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F-35A costs 10% more to operate than F-16

Operating costs for the conventional take-off version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are expected to be roughly 10% greater than those of the Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon. According to the Pentagon’s F-35 joint programme office (JPO), Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, who leads the tri-service effort, provided some preliminary numbers to the Dutch […]

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USAF can perform parts of Global Hawk mission set with “classified platform”

The US Air Force does not intend to keep the Block 30 Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk in service past the end of calendar year 2014 because the Lockheed Martin U-2 and other “classified platforms” can take-over its mission, senior service leaders told the US Congress on 17 April. However, service officials acknowledge that it […]

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Boeing reveals updated F/A-XX concept

Boeing is unveiling an updated version of its F/A-XXsixth-generation fighter concept at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Expositionin Washington DC this week. The tail-less twin-engine stealth fighter design comes in “mannedand unmanned options as possibilities per the US Navy,” Boeing says. The designfeatures diverterless supersonic inlets reminiscent of those found on theLockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike […]

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A/F-X

This is a picture of an old Lockheed Martin concept for the A/F-X, which the US Navy once hoped would replace its Grumman A-6 Intruders and F-14 Tomcats following the A-12 debacle and US Air Force hoped would replace the Boeing F-15E, General Dynamics F-111 and Lockheed F117. Initially it was simply designated the A-X […]

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F-35B completes first night short take-off and vertical landing

A Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) completed its first night short take-off and vertical landing during a test sortie at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on 2 April. According to Lockheed and the F-35 Joint Program Office, USMC test pilot Maj CR Clift conducted the flight to gather data on the aircraft’s helmet and […]

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Third British F-35B flies at Lockheed’s Fort Worth plant

Lockheed Martin chief test pilot Al Norman flew the third F-35B on it first flight yesterday at Fort Worth, Texas.  The aircraft called ZM137 will join two earlier British aircraft at Eglin AFB, Florida, later this year after it finished off its check flights.

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