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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lockheed Martin's F-35 is reportedly beset by serious problems as it gears up to go into full-scale production. A total of 13 of the most serious F-35 problems are detailed in documents obtained by Defense News. Deficiencies include F-35B and F-35C pilots being forced to limit flight speed to avoid damaging the F-35's airframe or stealth coating, while spikes in cockpit pressure can cause "excruciating" ear and sinus pain among pilots. There have also been difficulties in landing the F-35C on aircraft carriers due to issues with the helmet-mounted display and night vision camera.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9282274/raf-f-35-stealth-fighter-jet-crack-pentagon/

PLANE STUPID... RAF's new £100million F-35 stealth fighter jets can only fly supersonic for short bursts or they'll ‘crack', Pentagon warns...

THE RAF'S new F-35 fighter jet can only fly at supersonic speeds for short bursts or it may start to ‘crack', according to a leaked Pentagon report.

It's been claimed the £100million Lightning II stealth jets are at risk of structural damage when hitting their top speeds of around 1,200mph.

The reported deficiencies were first observed in late 2011 following tests where the F-35B and F-35C both flew at speeds of Mach 1.3 and Mach 1.4, it's claimed.

During one post-flight inspection in November 2011, it was discovered one jet had sustained "bubbling (and) blistering" of its stealth coating, according to the documents obtained by Defense News.
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#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-13 06:38 AM | Reply

Yawn, these are category 1B problems with a new airframe which always happens, especially on something as complex as a Gen-5 fighter, which is why the US is the only country in the world to have not one, but two active Gen-5s.

Lockheed Martin's official spokesman made this statement, and almost immediately Lockheed Martin's stock recovered:

"The F-35s today are meeting/exceeding performance specs and delivering unprecedented capability compared to legacy fighters. These issues are important to address, and each one is either already resolved or on a near term path to resolution," and then went on to describe how each issue has been fixed or what is being done to fix it.

The F/A 18 had horrendous issues that continued after release, including fatigue cracking, LEX gapping, parasitic drag, insufficient roll rate due to wing stiffness issues and cockpit compression problems. All got fixed in new Block and Version releases.

But keep up with the anti-US cheerleading Texastani, it suits you.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 11:57 AM | Reply

All I know is that they scream across the skies day and night here out of Hill AFB.

I was on base for a job last year and watched them do touch-and-go's from the flightline.

Those mofo's take off vertically. straight the f#k up. and loud. oh man. loud.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-13 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

I would love to fly either the 22 or the 35, that would be amazing.

I flew a F/A 18A that still had the wing stiffness issue, the McD tech rep told us to "not roll so much" until the C came out. Once the C came out in 87, all known issues had disappeared.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 12:32 PM | Reply

The F-35 is ------- awesome. The complaints stem from elitist pilots that are upset about it being more accessible to fly than 22s.

#5 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-06-13 01:15 PM | Reply

keep up with the anti-US cheerleading Texastani

I am not the one who is being anti-American here.

I am EXPOSING the scam/joke played on the American taxpayer.

YOU are PROTECTING the scam/joke.

Hang your head in shame!!!

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-13 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6

Pilots (as you may have noticed) are always opinionated. The mission profiles for the 22 and 35 are pretty different so there is always going to be gripes about one or the other platform.

If you want to hear complaining, just wait until the B-21 Raider first flies in 2021.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 02:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sorry, that was a response to #5

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 02:33 PM | Reply

This is news now?!

Jesus.

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-06-14 03:34 AM | Reply

"This is news now?!"

To tremain it is. Anything that has a negative slant against America is news to a good propagandist like ------.

Here is some more news for tokyo ------ to find some anti-american negativism in.

Poland just bought a crap load of these "scams" and is apparently building a base to house them and thousand or so US troops in!

Humpy made a DEAL!

Oh Noes! America gets a foothold in Poland. Pootin gonna be so mad!

------ gonna whine!

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-06-14 02:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Poland just bought a crap load of these "scams"

Poland can buy a bunch of donkey carts... they would be an improvement over what they already have.

Humpy made a DEAL!

The planes are heavily subsidized by the American taxpayer.

YOU are paying for them, Fatso.. not Poland. LOL

#11 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-14 03:28 PM | Reply

Who doesn't like free stuff?.. even when you know it's crap.

#12 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-14 03:28 PM | Reply

Those mofo's take off vertically. straight the f#k up. and loud. oh man. loud.
#3 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Sounds like a roller coaster.

#13 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-06-15 12:26 PM | Reply

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