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DEAR USMC: YOU ARE GETTING YOUR F-35B, NOW GET THE VERY MOST OUT OF IT

After my recent piece about the Navy’s new LHA “America” class of amphibious assault ship’s inadequate thermal protection built into its flight deck, I think it is time for the Marine Corps, and the “Gator Navy,” to get serious about getting the most out of … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 FLOUNDERS ON WHILE ESSENTIAL F-16 UPGRADE PROGRAM MAY GET AXED

More of the same from the DoD and USAF regarding borrowing from their existing fighter fleet’s capability to pay for their Death Star of boondoggles, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There is a new information out highlighting the continuing “teething … 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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MORE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER NEWS: PROGRESS IS A RELATIVE TERM WHEN IT COMES TO ALL THINGS F-35

One of the other major issues with the F-35, its super cool but super finicky advanced helmet mounted display, is going to finally get the testing attention it desperately needs as program officials are designating one F-35 exclusively for helmet … Read the rest of this entry

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GAME CHANGER?: CHINA’S F-35 (F-60 / J-21 / J-31 / FLATBED FIGHTER) EMERGES!

                                            It looks as if the F-60, aka the J-21, aka the “Flatbed Fighter,” China’s lower-end answer to the … Read the rest of this entry

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S SHORT STORY “SUPERIORITY”: A DIRE WARNING AGAINST PROGRAMS LIKE THE F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

This fantastic and haunting short story, written by the famous Science Fiction visionary Arthur C. Clarke in 1951, warns us about the opportunity cost of hyper-focusing on developing super high-end weaponry. I first read this story in high school back … Read the rest of this entry

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CONCURRENCY HELL: DoD TESTING CHIEF SEES PROBLEMS WITH STARTING F-35 OPERATIONAL TESTING TOO EARLY

I love it how the big shots who make a paycheck from this program, or have hung their professional careers on it, see the guy’s dissenting opinion who is supposed to watchdog operational testing for the Pentagon as “not a … Read the rest of this entry

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NAVY CNO SEES DIMINISHED VALUE IN STEALTHY MANNED PLATFORMS, WATCH OUT F-35!

http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/07/03/did-cno-just-take-a-big-swipe-at-f35/ Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has painted a fairly bleak picture of the value of manned stealthy combat aircraft, which seems like a vote of no confidence for the Joint Strike Fighter program in regards to its … Read the rest of this entry

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MORE INFO ON NAVAIR’S FUTURE WISH LIST

Pretty much everything in the link below has been talked about in detail on this site already, but this piece does underline the reality that the Navy’s F/A-XX pipe-dream is looking more like an updated F-22, similar to the long … Read the rest of this entry

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A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: PRIME MINISTER CAMERON WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY REVERT BACK TO THE F-35B

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130612/Cameron-makes-humiliating-u-turn-future-Britains-aircraft-carriers.html#ixzz1sONp4r3U The UK Daily Mail and other major media outlets are reporting that Prime Minister David Cameron will almost certainly scrap his support for the country’s new aircraft carrier(s) to be outfitted with catapults and arresting gear in order to … Read the rest of this entry

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US TO UNDERWRITE RISKS FOR UK’S “CATBAR” CARRIER, PLANS TO DEPLOY NAVAIR SQUADRON ABOARD

Thomas Harding over at The Telegraph wrote a great piece on the state of US-UK “carrier relations,” an area of great interest here at Aviationintel as I am sure you are aware. In his piece, linked below, there are certain … Read the rest of this entry

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THE F-35 IS BECOMING A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, GAO SAYS THE PROGRAM IS A MESS, KELLY JOHNSON WOULD BE ASHAMED

Please read the article linked below. Here is a little taste of the GAO’s ongoing F-35 program evaluation: “Until engineering changes are reduced, there are risks of additional cost overruns and retrofit costs. The program now estimates that the number … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35C CANNOT LAND ON A CARRIER

Even for a program as pathetically ran as the Joint Strike Fighter this news is stunning. In a damning article posted over at www.F-16.net (your one stop shop for all information related to the Viper by the way) it would … Read the rest of this entry

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