Tag Archives | JSF

Pratt & Whitney throws F135 a learning curve

When F-35 program executive Brig Gen David Heinz last month said that he does not believe that “Prattfeels compelled to act as though they are in competition”, I did not know what to make of that statement. So I asked two of Pratt & Whitney business development executives yesterday how they interpreted it. The answer […]

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F-35 video update from Paris Air Show news conference

Witness my Paris Air Show web video reporting debut. It was recorded in a rush between a haze of interviews and deadlines late yesterday evening. Our web guru, Barbara Cockburn, and I recorded a few video interviews on the static line this morning, so look for video reports on the AT-802U, King Air 350ER and […]

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HEINZ TRANSCRIPT (part 2): The risks of a single engine

This is part 2 of the transcript from the press conference yesterday with F-35 program chief Brig Gen David Heinz. This is what he has to say about the potential operational risk of eliminating the F136 alternate engine for the F-35 program. HEINZ: In the future,should there be an engine incident on the F135, our […]

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HEINZ TRANSCRIPT (part 1): F-35 chief explains BF-1 software glitch

I’m posting the transcript of yesterday’s press conference with Brig Gen David Heinz, the new head of the F-35 program. I’m breaking it up by issue. This part talks about a software glitch that arose during hover pit testing in April on BF-1, the first short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing prototype. Click on the jump to read this part […]

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Random 5 List: F-35 chief BG Heinz’s press conference

Brig Gen David Heinz, the F-35′s new program executive, spoke to several reporters today about a wide range of program activities. Here are a few bits from my notebook while I continue to work on the news article. 1. Heinz said he believes that the benefits of an engine war may outweigh the $1 billion […]

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Random 10 List: Things I learned on the F-35 factory tour

LockheedMartin says:   1. The $800million gap in FY10 F-35 budget — $11.2 billion announced in April dwindled to$10.4 billion in May – may reflect program’s MILCON account 2. BF-1 STOVLaircraft will start a 12- to 24-flight conversion program to full verticallanding in July in Fort Worth, and complete inSeptember at NAS Patuxent River 3. Frontal-aspectradar cross […]

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VIDEO: F-35 test pilot defends JSF’s dogfighting capability

Lockheed Martin F-35 chief test pilot Jon Beesley, standing today beneath the wing of the first prototype F-35, explains the fighter’s air-to-air capability relative to the F-16. (Note: Beesley is standing under the wing of AA-1, the first Joint Strike Fighter prototype, at Lockheed’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas.)

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F-35′s latest sales pitch: “Maneuverability is irrelevant”

Much has been said about the F-35′s aerial prowess, or, according to some, the lack thereof. But a key member of the F-35′s industry team says none of that dogfighting stuff matters anyway.  Check the 3:30 mark: “With [distributed aperture system], maneuverability is irrelevant. Instead of mutual kills, the F-35 simply exits the fight, and […]

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US Marine Corps finally divulges F-35B order count

It seems the most closely guarded secret in the F-35 program has been, strangely enough, the order breakdown between the US Navy and US Marine Corps. The combined purchase is 680 aircraft. But the order split between the USMC’s F-35B and the USN’s F-35C has remained a mystery. I’ve heard suggestions of a roughly 50/50 […]

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US analyst: F-35 beats Russia’s best

The F-35s prowess has been taking a beating, especially on this blog. Rand’s “baby seals” report in September clubbed the F-35 as the “can’t turn, can’t climb and can’t run” fighter. Even the infamous YouTube video of the US Air Force officer describing Red Flag contained an implied insult of the F-22′s kid brother.Of course, […]

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