Tag: F-35A

F-35A Student Pilot Saves his Jet During In-Flight Computer Failure
The computer that failed in Capt. Robert Larson’s F-35A controls oxygen, pressurization, and some parts of communication. The landing gear could collapse during touch down too. From initial pilot training to mission qualification training, U.S. Air Force pilots complete intensive training and preparation to learn critical skills to fly, fight and win, as...
USAF F-35As to receive Auto-GCAS Seven Years Ahead of Schedule
Integration of Auto-GCAS onto the F-35 was originally scheduled for 2026. U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighters have started to receive the Auto-GCAS (Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System) seven years ahead of schedule. Integration Auto-GCAS onto A-model aircraft has begun, the F-35 Joint Program Office has confirmed.
Exercise Tri-Lightning: for the first time ever, F-35s from three nations operate together
Exercise Tri-Lightning is a demonstration of the interoperability between the U.S., U.K., and Israel using the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35I respectively. Taken on Jun. 25,  2019 although not easy to see because of the standard F-35 colour scheme the interesting picture in this post shows F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft from three nations (U.S.,...
USAF F-35A stealth fighters draw accidental sky penis during simulated dogfight
The four-ship, "red air" F-35A aggressor team faced off with the two-ship blue team, the red air team pulled back, requiring the blue team to come around before re-engaging in the dogfight. Six F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters belonging to  the 56th Fighter Wing from Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, simulating aggressor air training...
Lockheed Martin unveils Sidekick: the new weapons rack that enables F-35A and C to carry two more missiles internally
Sidekick is not compatible with the F-35B, because it features a smaller weapons bay. Lockheed Martin designed a new weapons rack to enable the F-35A and C Lightning IIs to carry two more missiles internally. The new rack is called Sidekick and adds a little extra weight but enables each of the two...
Minimum Radius Turn to High Alpha Loop, Pedal Turn are some of 14 maneuvers performed by F-35A Demo Team to showcase the full envelope of the Lightning II
“When you watch the ground footage from the pedal turn, it’s almost unbelievable to witness what you’re seeing,” Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team commander and pilot has spent the last three months, designing, developing, and practicing the maneuvers...
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
Currently Japan deploys about 200 F-15s, roughly half of which cannot be upgraded The Nikkei says Japan’s government intends to buy another 100 F-35 fighters to replace some of its aging F-15s. It plans to announce the purchase when it reviews the National Defense Program Guidelines next month. The purchase can be considered a response to China's military buildup, as well as...
USMC F-35B crashes near MCAS Beaufort. Pilot ejected safely
This F-35B crash is the first one for the U.S. military's newest and most expensive aircraft A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B has crashed in coastal South Carolina, on Sep. 28, 2018. According to CBS the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported about 11:45 a.m. near the Grays Hill community. Noteworthy this Lightning II crash is the first...
388th FW fires F-35A's GAU-22/A 25 mm internal cannon for the first time in operational training
The F-35A’s GAU-22/A 25 mm internal cannon allows the aircraft to maintain stealth against air adversaries as well as fire more accurately on ground targets Pilots from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron were the first operational unit to fire the F-35A’s GAU-22/A 25 mm cannon in a strafing run during training. The two-ship formation fired on two sets...
Italy may cut F-35 order
Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said that her country will not be buying more F-35 fighters and she is reassessing the current contract for 90 aircraft According Reuters, the new Defense Minister for Italy Elisabetta Trenta has indicated that her country will not be buying more F-35 fighters and she is reassessing the current contract for 90 aircraft. Trenta comes from...

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