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F-35 JSF named "Lightning II"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Longbow, 12 Jul 2006.

  1. Longbow

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    For the military/aviation enthusiasts...

    http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,104804,00.html?ESRC=airforce.nl

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  2. HEADRAT

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  3. Charlie Bravo

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    Still doesn't look as good as an EE Lightning.
     
  4. Efour

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    is this F35 the replacement for the F14 ?

    the VTOL one with the big nozzle that points right down and looks really odd?
     
  5. Ceryndrion

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    I remember seeing some of the testing for this, and the version developed by Boeing. The brief was to build a supersonic replacement for the Harrier..

    However, you'll notice one BIG difference.. STOVL is very different to VTOVL..

    The harrier can pop out from the middle of a dense forest, making hiding entire squadrons, quite easy.. this heap of junk.. needs a runway..

    They tried to make it take off vertically.. but it near enough shook itself apart..

    So.. the harrier may be old, but it works..
    It may not be supersonic.. but it's a classic, and still a viable fighting aircraft..

    Them damn yanks just don't like that they didn't build it.
     
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  6. Inquisitor

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    Pfft, the F-35 doesn't come close to the EEL!
     
  7. Stringy

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    Not the best name, but it could've been worse, there were some suggestions of Spitfire II :/
     
  8. Inquisitor

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    Arg, those yanks anger me :mad:
     
  9. BillytheImpaler

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    They're replacing dual engined F-18s with a single engined plane? I was under the impression that the Navy was not fond of using single engine planes on carriers because losing one engine meant losing one plane and probably a pilot or two.

    EDIT: Inquisitor, that's okay becasue the yanks love you. :)
     
  10. Stringy

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    But the Harrier is currently referred to as STOVL as it can't take off vertically fully laden?
     
  11. Ceryndrion

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    True enough, but the harrier "can" take off vertically if needed, whereas the F-35 shakes so badly, the test pilot thought it was about to fall apart.
     
  12. Paulj

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    :eek: USMC BF2 Plane!!
     
  13. Longbow

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    Why? Its only a suggestion, doesn't mean that it even came close to being selected. I would like to know who came up with the name anyway, it was probably a nobody.

    The F-18 will still be around for a long time. The Super Hornet isn't that old, so they won't just drop it.

    All prototypes have their problems, got a link to this?
     
  14. Lagz

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  15. HEADRAT

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    Imagine what we could of done if we had the money to have fully developed the Harrier, we have all the expertise and ideas but we just don't seem to want to invest the money.

    HEADRAT
     
  16. Stelly

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    Doesnt mean that we cant called our varient that :)

    Stelly
     
  17. Inquisitor

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    That was just me being over-patriotic :p
     
  18. Stringy

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    We don't want to call it that?