Category Archives: The F-35 Saga

CHINA BUYS TU-22 BACKFIRES?: NOT JUST THE PLANES, THE ENTIRE PRODUCTION LINE…

Our good friend David Cenciotti over at the Aviationist.com reports that China has purchased at the least a significant batch of Cold War era Tu-22 backfires from Russia, although it appears that this could actually be a deal for the … Read the rest of this entry

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CANADA IN FULL RECOIL OVER THE TRUE COST OF REPLACING THEIR CF-18 HORNETS WITH THE F-35

Exactly as I have predicted for years (please read the over 150 position pieces and commentary updates on the F-35 boondoggle posted on this site for consistent proof), Canada looks like it is going to shop for the best jet … Read the rest of this entry

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X-47B LANDS ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER FOR THE FIRST TIME! -UMM SORT OF…

…2013 is just around the bend folks. If this baby is a success the Navy may get serious about reevaluating its F-35C plans. Super Hornets in “Block III” configuration and a fleet of advanced semi-autonomous UCAVs with over double the … Read the rest of this entry

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FIGHTER FACTORY: HOW THE F-35 PRODUCTION LINE WORKS

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ANOTHER RAPTOR FALLS TO EARTH

The USAF has lost another of its precious F-22 Raptors this week. The jet went down a couple of miles from the end of the Runway at Tyndall AFB in Florida, with the pilot ejecting to safety. No word yet … Read the rest of this entry

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GO ASK ALIS!: THE F-35 IS ABOUT TO GO “FICTIONALLY OPERATIONAL” WOEFULLY UNPREPARED

The USMC is fielding its first “operational” squadron of F-35Bs at MCAS Yuma as I am writing this, although in reality the truth is very far from the headlines. Testing has not even reached the half-way point on the JSF … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 DROPS A SLAMMER

First aerial weapons separation of an AIM-120 AMRAAM:

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JUST A REALLY COOL PICTURE: THE F-35B’S PORTHOLES

              It maybe common but is sure ain’t simple… *Photo via Lockheed Martin

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FAST HISTORY: LOCKHEED’S DIVERTERLESS SUPERSONIC INLET TESTBED F-16

                Before there was the mound like intake bulges and racked intake cowlings seen on the American F-35 and Chinese J-20, JF-17, J-10 and J-31, there was Lockheed’s Diverterless Supersonic Intake F-16 testbed. … Read the rest of this entry

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AMERICA’S NEXT BOMBER: A TRAGICALLY FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY

The blossoming, yet at the same time shadowy, saga that has become America’s next long-range bomber,┬ánow known as Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), continues to gain steam, although it has yet to be determined if the current economic investment being … Read the rest of this entry

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THE F-35C THE MOST DEADLY OF THE JSF VARIANTS IN THE TURNING FIGHT

New compilation of F-35B & F-35C test footage:  

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ROMNEY’S PLAN FOR THE NAVY TAKES SHAPE… SORT OF…

Defensenews.com has a fantastic interview with Mitt Romney’s key Naval advisor, John Lehman, about what exactly a President Romney’s larger and more cash flush US Navy would look. Here are the highlights: Increase yearly ship building from nine hulls to … Read the rest of this entry

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CARRIER BASED F-35Cs WILL HAVE TO RETURN TO THE MANUFACTURER FOR STEALTH SKIN REPAIRS

Flightglobal has a nice little piece, linked below, describing the modifications that will have to be made to America’s nuclear powered aircraft carriers so that they can support the F-35C. Interestingly enough, the ship will not have facilities for low … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED’S “VARIOUS” UCAV CONCEPT REMAINS INTRIGUING

A few years back Lockheed’s VARIOUS (VTOL Advanced Reconnaissance Insertion Organic Unmanned System) UCAV emerged with a whimper as an idea, and since then it seems that it has remained just that, an idea. Yet VARIOUS looks much more far-fetched … Read the rest of this entry

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GUEST PERSPECTIVES: DAVID CENCIOTTI DISCUSSES THE F-35 & ITS VALUE TO ITALY

This is the first installment in an exciting new feature here on Aviationintel called “Guest Perspectives.” This segment will showcase a qualified person’s opinion on a controversial defense or foreign policy issue in the usual bold and unafraid manner that … Read the rest of this entry

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