F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby aviationreporting on Sat 26 Jun 2010, 2:34 pm

Hi all,

Last week I visited Edwards AFB. Besides the "usual" stuff that can be found there, also the first two F-35A's were outside, of which one decided to go flying. Must say, quite a noisy machine it is.


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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby AndyBeau on Sat 26 Jun 2010, 2:41 pm

Lovely shots Melchior.

I can't wait to see one of these in the flesh! :clap:
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby PhilEAF92 on Sat 26 Jun 2010, 4:04 pm

a rare capture and so well shot
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Postby A380-001 on Sat 26 Jun 2010, 7:19 pm

Great shots very sharp
also looking forward to seeing one in flesh metal.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby Stu on Sat 26 Jun 2010, 7:34 pm

Oh very nice :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby flynavy on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 7:09 am

Thankyou, Great shots, angle engine and all, (it looks heavy) :clap: , noisy like the harrier (but this was only with one engine) i guess the other is only used on vertical flight??

(lets have a super Harrier, with a larger airframe, more power, would be a bit lighter with 1 engine?, but 3 versions of the F35, I've yet to be convinced)

my rant over, how near could you get?, and can you get some more please
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby Russ on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 12:34 pm

AndyBeau wrote:Lovely shots Melchior.

I can't wait to see one of these in the flesh! :clap:

My thoughts too. Lovely capture! :clap: :drool: :cool:
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby Trevsy on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 3:43 pm

That's a bit rare. F-35 air-to-air afterburner shot! :worship:
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby shaggie on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 5:29 pm

Very nice shot ,but i maybe wrong Trevsy i don't think it's an air-air ,just a take off shot,that said one hell of a nice shot though
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Postby Trevsy on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 5:59 pm

Think youre right just assumed it was from the angle.
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Postby dazzagreenwood on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 6:01 pm

Nice shots I can't wait to see an F-35 in action over here!
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Postby hank_marvin on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 7:35 pm

Ace, very nice to see it, I really quite like the look of it.
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby raiford on Mon 28 Jun 2010, 8:10 pm

very nice pics :clap: I think the F-35 looks great and I am looking forward very much to seeing one static and flying at RIAT, I also think it will serve us well when she is finally operational. As for a bigger Harrier I would have thought it would probably cost as much as the F-35 with the engine having to be redesigned as well!
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby aviationreporting on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 2:01 pm

Thanks for the replies.
Sadly for me it only made one appearance, so here's another from that one take-off.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby Danny on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:05 pm

Well caught. Really can't wait to see it over here! :clap:
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby flynavy on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:17 pm

Hee hee, larger Harrier, I was only half joking, shame no British plane, and it looks complicated with 2 engines, bet it can't do a reverse, viffing as used so sucessfuly on the Harrier in the Falklands and Bosnia.
Still I guess I'll love it , if and when the Royal Navy ever get them
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby DamienB on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:28 pm

flynavy wrote:viffing as used so sucessfuly on the Harrier in the Falklands and Bosnia.


News to me, viffing has never been used in combat...
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby Agg on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:33 pm

flynavy wrote:Hee hee, larger Harrier, I was only half joking, shame no British plane, and it looks complicated with 2 engines, bet it can't do a reverse, viffing as used so sucessfuly on the Harrier in the Falklands and Bosnia.
This is the F-35A, which is the conventional take off and landing version, the STOVL version is the F-35B. I'm not sure what you mean by it having two engines, as neither version of the F-35 has more than one engine...
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby Russ on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 9:47 pm

Agg wrote:
flynavy wrote:Hee hee, larger Harrier, I was only half joking, shame no British plane, and it looks complicated with 2 engines, bet it can't do a reverse, viffing as used so sucessfuly on the Harrier in the Falklands and Bosnia.
This is the F-35A, which is the conventional take off and landing version, the STOVL version is the F-35B. I'm not sure what you mean by it having two engines, as neither version of the F-35 has more than one engine...

I think he probably means the lift-fan on the 'B model, but as you rightly say, it's not a second engine.


flynavy wrote:lets have a super Harrier, with a larger airframe, more power,

Interesting you say that, because all three F-35 variants are larger than the Harrier airframe, have a larger combat radius and have a significantly more powerful engine.
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby flynavy on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 10:13 pm

Thanks, I didn’t get it , I'm sorry!!, what I ment to say was the front Lift fan and the rear thrust vectoring nozzle
Theres an interesting photos of it, (well sort of both parts on) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... f_F-35.jpg

Sorry, I got it wrong, :oops:

And viffing in comat, I guess wasn’t used often, but I've heard a couple of bits including.. http://www.defence.pk/forums/military-a ... ity-7.html
it reads: And this is from one of the Sea Harrier pilots: Quote:In combat, a sudden viff usually causes a pursuing fighter to overshoot. Explains one veteran Harrier pilot: "From being the attacking aircraft, it becomes the attacked." .

But lower down it says: Sea Harrier pilots who were involved are unanimous that VIFFing was NOT used in the Falklands. There simply wasn't any reason to use it, since the Argentine fighters never maneuvered aggressively enough to put the Harriers on the defensive.

But thanks for the info chaps :up: ,

But I dont want to hi jack this tread, there great photos as i said and I to cant wait to see it fly
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Re: F-35 Lightning II - Let's make some noise

Postby jacksonphreak on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 11:25 pm

Superb shot's :clap: :clap: :clap:
I'm also looking forward to the Royal Navy getting their hand's on them......along with the two new Carriers. :rock:

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