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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.
Sorry to hear that. May they rest in peace.
Sorry to hear it. You've said a mouthfull there.
I don't think that you could actually vary the airspeed that quickly, and I doubt they "pop", there is probably a fairly smooth transition. If you were to vary the airspeed/laminar flow that quickly you would want them deployed (high load stall, gusts etc),
I have worked on those planes, and may have actually worked on that very airplane years ago. There is always a lump that forms in my throat when I hear about these incidents. It gets bigger the closer it is to home.
My condolences for to those who knew the crew.
It'[s an eye opener if you've flown and/or wrenched on airplanes for awhile to look in the accident database and search registration numbers and see what's happened to many of them. Last I checked it was 12 totaled/written off, many with fatalities, thankfully, neither cases with myself involved.
RE: "auto slats". On some occasions the slats on the Helio Courier could deploy asymmetrically. Obviously asymmetric retraction is what you'd want to avoid.
F-35 electronic systems. http://www.es.northropgrumman.com/solutions/f35targeting/assets/eodasvideo.html
question is, do we give this to every country who buys the F-35?
Of course not.
I wouldn't be surprised if the F-16s we sent to Egypt have something embedded in their electronics package that would make it possible for either us or Israel to shut them down with a push of a button.
We tried our best to blow up an APU cart in turbine engine theory yesterday.
It was fun.
Its a clever little cycle. Sometime ago some of the electronics in the F16 went into Israel's Kfir fighter. "Somehow" some of those electronics ended up in China's new frontline fighter. When that "news" came out is when the clamor for a new fighter (essentially the F22) came around. Wink, wink, nod nod.
If we don't sell that thing to a lot of other countries, this ongoing 11-year disaster called the F-35 project will get even worse.
Oh, they'll sell the airframe. But let's hope not the fancy electronics.
Awesome day eh?
My pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/114821789113527181423/WingsOverWairarapa190113?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Also check out this fantastic vid of the Mossy and friends:
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thanks for posting the vid.
we could only make it for the Friday practice, which was very windy but well worthwhile and quite memorable.
The airframe without the electronics is a piss-poor overpriced tub.
I haven't kept a close watch on the 35
But isn't it a piss poor over-due-over-priced
That's almost always the case with the first version of a new concept.
The concept/design may at some point become viable, practical, profitable and possibly even the norm in the future, but it will not be the F-35 (likely never would have been) and probably not Lockheed. The actual cost of R&D and then producing and working out whatever bugs that weren't predicted pretty much puts any single company in the tank..........unless they can win a contract.
Same with the V-22 and many other "ground breaking" aircraft going back in time.
But with the electronics seems to be pretty impressive. Especially as all three branches will share some parts. The linked communications mentioned elsewhere is pretty impressive. At least till the first EMP....
The 100th F-35 has begun assembly on the production line.
The 2012 flight test plan called for 988 flights and 8,458 test points by Dec. 31. For the year, the SDD program flew 1,167 flights and tallied 9,319 test points. The F-35A Flight Science test aircraft flew 291 flights and accomplished 2,573 test points. The F-35B Flight Science test aircraft accomplished 396 flights and 2,443 test points. The F-35C flew 239 flights and tallied 2,247 test points. The Mission Systems test aircraft accomplished 241 flights and 2,056 test points. The F-35B also executed 102 vertical landings.
The cumulative 2012 milestones were achieved through a combination of planned test flights and test points, along with test flights and test points added throughout the year. The flight test program is now more than one third complete in aggregate with the Air Force’s F-35A variant leading the way with 43 percent complete.
Damn I love the C-130