F-35s land on Queen Elizabeth for first time

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Footage of the first F-35B (a USMC airframe) landing on the carrier has been released now.

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And they've done it at night too it seems

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F-35Bs Aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth by Lockheed Martin, on Flickr

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Cool picture.
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Exceptional image. Fast enough shutter speed to stop movement of the jet and deck personnel but slow enough to capture stars.

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Call me a cynic (and I may be wrong) but is that photo actually legit?

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MiG_Eater wrote:Call me a cynic (and I may be wrong) but is that photo actually legit?


It's from the official Lockheed Martin FlickR account so i'm guessing it is...

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OK.

It looks like the landing F-35 has an afterburner lit... or is that just the exhaust gases glowing in the dark?

I'm guessing its a composite shot though as I can't see that the stars would be visible without the nav-lights washing out the rest of the photo.

Perhaps i'm wrong though!

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LM have said it's real, ISO1600 f2.8 on a Nikon D5 sounds more or less right.

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It’s also a 1 second exposure which would prevent the lights blowing out the image.

Remember, the lights aren’t ultra bright for night ops, they’re usually just enough for ground crew to see safely - the pilots have NV built into their helmets and anything bright would cause them safety issues.

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aknott68 wrote:I am also confused as to why there would be a need for the lift engine to be in "reheat" mode in order to land on the carrier - am I mis understanding something?


Who says it’s reheat. These engines generate extreme heat and need special coatings on the QE decks and the 2 VL spots at Marham.

https://www.ddcoatings.co.uk/1275/new-d ... ft-carrier
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Well it's a fab picture, no matter.

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