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In-flight refueling; fighters and bombers

In-flight refueling is a skill that young aviators have to develop in the modern jet age. Jet engines consume a much larger amount of fuel. To be able to complete their missions, they often need to refuel. Bombers have much

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F-35C Lightning II gets it’s Sea Legs with First Carrier Landing

The F-35C Lightning II gets it’s Sea Legs. It has been a long bumpy road; but finally, the F-35C goes to the boat. The major milestone was reached off the coast of California yesterday. Developmental Testing will continue and once

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Deeper problems for F-35A?

This memo (below) was shown to me last night. It has John Lehman’s name as the source. He was Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan years. He also was an A-6 Intruder Bombardier/Navigator and Helicopter pilot (Naval Aviator). I

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#: Sequestration and the F-35 Lightening II; cancel the F-35A and B? YES

The Navy is pointing to the USAF version (F-35A) to be cancelled. The Air Force is pointing to the USMC version (F-35B) to be cancelled. I’m calling for both to be cancelled. Yes, both. First the F-35A: What is the

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F-35C Catapult Testing

Catapult testing of the F-35C. Before the Navy takes an aircraft to sea for carrier suitability tests they start at Lakehurst New Jersey. An exact replica of a ship’s catapult and arresting gear is set in a runway for testing.

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F-35A/B/C Lightning II

More of the F-35 Lightning II at work. Here is some video of all three variants of the F-35: Air Force, Navy and USMC. The land based cat tests look good; it comes off the deck well. I’d love to

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F-35B Ship Suitability Test

I debunked a bogus video of the F-35B doing Flight Test on a ship. Here is the real thing: a F-35B Lightening II performing Flight Tests on the USS Wasp. Here is the bogus CGI (computer generated imagery) version.

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Killathrill, Mega whoosh and now “Software Malfunction”

Another incredible feat caught on video! Another greatest pilot ever battles a “software malfunction!” Sorry, it is actually another internet hoax using CGI.

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