Wednesday, March 17, 2010

F-35 Hover Video...

Lockheed Martin released a video in which they report that the F-35 hovered for the first time...



I wonder though. If I recall correctly and my eyes aren't playing tricks on me, then this has already been accomplished and this is just a 'fluff' piece to distract from all the bad news that the program, not the F-35B, but that the program has received lately. Time will tell. One thing is certain. Lockheed Martin needs to start stacking up some wins. In a VERY BIG WAY!

7 comments:

  1. yeah but is this a real step forward? the second video took place 7 days ago and it was the real first hover.

    i think this is just message management. get good news out about a program in trouble.

    to be honest, if that's the case then its more disturbing then what i've already heard. the bad news i hope will stop but don't hit me with fluff pieces to spin me!

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  2. Surely you know that JSF is the most PR coverage extensive program, by far ever.

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  3. amazed by how many doors the B model actually has to open during vertical flight:

    http://sitelife.aviationweek.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/58fae4f7-2166-43bf-b0b5-7045562bede8.Full.jpg

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  4. not really. you have to get air to the lift engine...you have to make room for the nozzle to swing down...kinda expected.

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  5. My count: 13 critical doors for STOVL.

    Expected, but good luck if 1 or 2 fail to open in transit.

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  6. As critical as a swiveling nozzle malfunctioning on a Harrier.

    Aviation is safer than ever but nothing is full proof.

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