Monday, April 16, 2012

Hmmm. Ok Lockheed. Good one Dew Line.

First.

via the Dew Line.
The United Kingdom's first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production jet made its inaugural test flight on 13 April. The aircraft, an F-35B short takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) model, flew a series of functional flight checks during the sortie. Lockheed's Bill Gigliotti was at the controls during the 45-minute flight.
Second.

This new guy Dave over at that shop is bringing a very different spin to that blog.  It was once solidly in the Bill Sweetman/Bob Cox/APA bash the F-35 at every occassion whether deserved or not.

He doesn't seem to be part of that coalition.  When news on the F-35 is to be reported, he's on it.  Whether its good or bad.

4 comments:

  1. i just posted a pic of the first F-35 in my library. i don't know if the one on the Dew Line is the actual airplane that flew that day or not.

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  2. My guess would be that it is. No tail markings and has a UK roundel on the wing.

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  3. Sol, you may be interested to know that today's Times is carrying a front-page article claiming that the UK service chiefs have "unanimously" recommended that Britain revert to an F-35B purchase. This is in order to bring the aircraft into service within a reasonable time frame, and to allow both carriers to be operated.

    I would have posted a link, but the Times site has to be paid for.

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