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Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:13 am

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lockheed-fighter-idUSKCN0V32HF
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-lockheed-fighter-idUKKCN0V425B

The USMC has confirmed they will have a pair of F-35B's at RIAT 2016, and the USAF has also confirmed will also join in with a pair of F-35A's as well. To add to the excitement, a RAF F-35B will also join in as well. The USAF birds will take part in both RIAT and Farnborough, with the aircraft taking part in static displays and in a heritage flight.

The USMC and the RAF are using the F-35B deployment to validate overseas deployment activities and prove program interoperability. Information from the deployment will help guide the USMC as they are working up a second F-35B squadron, and that squadron is expected to go overseas to Japan in 2017.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:17 am

Great news, they will totally own the show.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:28 am

Quoting seahawk (Reply 1):
Great news, they will totally own the show.

Indeed, particularly with a UK B-model in attendance. Hope nothing scuppers their participation this year, and of course, hope I can make it over for RIAT or Farnborough or both!

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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:40 pm

Quoting seahawk (Reply 1):

Only until the A-10s show up, that is.  Wink

[Edited 2016-01-28 09:25:11]
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:18 am

Quoting lapa_saab340 (Reply 3):
Only until the A-10s show up, that is. Wink

I do not think that the vintage warbirds are as popular as the F-35.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:45 am

In somewhat related news, a F-35 has flown across the Atlantic Ocean, but not in the direction you may think.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...-35-transatlantic-crossing-421670/

This was an Italian-built F-35A, AL-1, operated by the 32nd Wing of the Italian Air Force, being flown from Cameri Air Base in Italy via Lajes Air Base, arriving at NAS Patuxent River.

The F-35 was flying with 2 C-130's, 2 tankers, and a Eurofighter, which was heading to a unrelated Red Flag exercise with a tanker. A total of 7 mid-air refuelings, 3 on the leg to Lajes, and 4 on the leg to Patuxent River. AL-1 will remain at Patuxent River for 2 months to conduct electromagnetic environmental effects testing before heading to Luke AFB to join in the international training program.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:44 pm

Quoting lapa_saab340 (Reply 3):
Only until the A-10s show up, that is.

The USAF showing at RIAT has been dismal the past several years, so I wouldnt expect to see an A-10 again in my lifetime  
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:59 am

The Italian Air Force pilot involved in the F-35 flight to the US gives an interview:

http://www.sldinfo.com/ninja-discuss...tic-the-right-stuff-italian-style/

Basically, a very uneventful and easy flight across the Atlantic in strong headwinds.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:35 pm

Still a big achievement. And it shows that the avioncs are helpful for every mission, which sets F-35 apart from the legacy planes.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:48 am

Back to the topic of F-35's and air shows, the F-35 is confirmed to make an appearance at the Singapore Air Show later this month:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...-fighter-jet-to-go-on/2501102.html

There will also be a flight simulator there as well for attendees.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:32 pm

Looking forward to seeing the F-35 at RIAT in July.

Quoting moo (Reply 6):
The USAF showing at RIAT has been dismal the past several years, so I wouldnt expect to see an A-10 again in my lifetime

A-10s were there last year.   

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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:52 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 10):
A-10s were there last year.   

Not flying tho - there was very little USAF or USN stuff flying, it was either Boeing or Lockheed showing off their aircraft directly. Foreign participation has increased, but some favourites are still missed.

Gone are the days of B-52s and B -1s doing fly bys...
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:41 am

The USMC is looking into performing a vertical landing with the F-35B at RIAT:
http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...nding-during-uk-air-show/82458502/

They are looking for suitable location for the demonstration. If necessary, and if the team decides they want to do a vertical landing demonstration, they can lay down AM-2 matting to create a suitable surface.

There is confirmation that there will be a STOVL demonstration, along with a flight with the RAF Red Arrows team.

Also proposed is an aerial tanking demonstration between the F-35B and a KC-130 tanker as well.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:12 am

Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 12):
They are looking for suitable location for the demonstration.

Er, what would be wrong with the runway? That's where the Harriers used to do them.   
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:15 am

Quoting scbriml (Reply 13):
Er, what would be wrong with the runway? That's where the Harriers used to do them.

The F-35 exhaust temp and velocity are both higher than what the Harriers used to put out. Caused a widely publicised redesign of the USMC flattops meant to operate the F-35.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/nav...done-being-rebuilt-so-t-1766741771

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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:10 am

Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 12):
Also proposed is an aerial tanking demonstration between the F-35B and a KC-130 tanker as well.

I doubt that would be allowed by the CAA - a no-contact-no-flow demo (basically precision formation flying with the tanker) might be allowed, but not an actual aerial tanking demo.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:40 am

Quoting moo (Reply 15):
I doubt that would be allowed by the CAA - a no-contact-no-flow demo (basically precision formation flying with the tanker) might be allowed, but not an actual aerial tanking demo.

That's probably exactly what they mean. I've never seen an actual hookup during airshows, in Asia, Europe or the USA.

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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:20 pm

Quoting angad84 (Reply 16):
That's probably exactly what they mean. I've never seen an actual hookup during airshows, in Asia, Europe or the USA.

But I have in India!   

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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:58 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 17):
But I have in India!

There are stories of Indonesian Flankers dumping fuel at airshows... Certainly different health and safety standards in different regions of the world.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:22 am

Quoting scbriml (Reply 17):
But I have in India!

That's awesome. I wish I'd been able to shoot at Aero Indias before the show went to shit... :|

They don't do formations anymore, let alone tanker hookups. Last couple of tanker demos I saw had LOTS of space between the big guy and the fighters.

Quoting Ozair (Reply 18):
There are stories of Indonesian Flankers dumping fuel at airshows... Certainly different health and safety standards in different regions of the world.

Indeed. Often more fun
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:25 am

Quoting scbriml (Reply 13):
Er, what would be wrong with the runway? That's where the Harriers used to do them.

Yes, one of the many brilliant features of the wonderjet is it's ability to melt it's own air or sea base..
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:28 pm

Quoting Max Q (Reply 20):
Yes, one of the many brilliant features of the wonderjet is it's ability to melt it's own air or sea base..

But that's a special feature. This saves a lot of money on ordnance. Instead of using bombs enemy airfields can be melted away by a simple touch-and-go. The stealth profile of the JSF will make sure the touch-and-go can be done and over with even before the enemy realises there is a JSF in the area!
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:03 am

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 21):
But that's a special feature. This saves a lot of money on ordnance. Instead of using bombs enemy airfields can be melted away by a simple touch-and-go. The stealth profile of the JSF will make sure the touch-and-go can be done and over with even before the enemy realises there is a JSF in the area!

I had not thought of that, brilliant plan !!
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:01 pm

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 21):
But that's a special feature. This saves a lot of money on ordnance. Instead of using bombs enemy airfields can be melted away by a simple touch-and-go. The stealth profile of the JSF will make sure the touch-and-go can be done and over with even before the enemy realises there is a JSF in the area!

Do we then send them a check to cover the carbon offsets?
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Tue May 17, 2016 5:01 am

Now the Dutch also intend on flying their F-35's across the pond:

http://www.edwards.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123473798

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In about a week, most of the Dutch component of the F-35 Joint Operational Test Team will head to their homeland where they will conduct test sorties and introduce their fifth-generation fighter to the Netherlands people, which falls in line with a promise made by Netherlands Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to bring the jets home for an up-close and personal viewing for the public.

The two Dutch F-35As will takeoff from Edwards and land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. After fueling up and running some checks, the duo will head out on their roughly seven-hour transatlantic flight followed by two RNLAF KDC-10 aerial refuelers and a NATO C-17 carrying gear and spare parts.

The planes will land at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands, which is one of two bases that will be home to the RNLAF's F-35s when they arrive permanently in 2019. The RNLAF plans to replace its legacy F-16A/B fleet with a minimum of 37 F-35s, split between two bases.

As noted in the article, they intend on deploying next week. Our Dutch spotters should be interested here.
 
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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Tue May 17, 2016 6:05 pm

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RE: Second Time A Charm: F-35 Going To Riat 2016

Tue May 24, 2016 3:50 am

The Dutch F-35's have arrived:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ving-at-leeuwarden-air-bas-425648/

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Two Lockheed Martin F-35s belonging to the Royal Netherlands Air Force have departed North America on the first eastbound transatlantic crossing of the fifth-generation fighter type, touching down at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands at approximately 8:45pm local time.

The landing on 23 May was streamed live on YouTube by the Dutch Ministry of Defence, following an approximately 4,780nm (8,850km) journey from their home at Edwards AFB in California to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland (4h flight) and then across to Leeuwarden (8h).

The live stream archive, is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wACWvCTkb-g

A flyby with the Dutch Air Force Gulfstream can be seen at around 1:44 hours into the archive, and the actual landing is at around 2:00 hour mark.

The aircraft will take part in the Air Force Open Day on June 10-11 at Leeuwarden Air Base, and stay for 3 weeks conducting testing and practicing an overseas deployment before heading back to Edwards AFB.

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