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Video shows first of three “new” F/A-18B Hornets arriving at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center
The second F/A-18B is coming from NAS Patuxent River and is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. The third Hornet is coming from the U.S. Naval Air Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, in early 2019 Brought to my attention by Christian Nentwig, an aviation enthusiast and a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting video in...
F-35 completes System Development and Demonstration phase
F-35 System Development and Demonstration phase cleared the way for the Block 3F capability to be delivered to the operational warfighter The System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the F-35 program is winding down after the final developmental test flight was completed on Apr. 11. The final flight occurred at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, and saw F-35C...
USMC tests F-35B on sloped landing pads
The F-35B can operate from quickly prepared landing strips close to the front and away from the fixed airfields which rapidly come under attack during wartime As shown by the video in this post, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has constructed sloped landing pads of various gradients at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue in order to gauge how...
Impressive footage shows the F-35B testing the podded GAU-22/A Gun. But it's not a BRRRRRTTTTTTT video
Even if the GAU-22/A gun doesn't feature the same raw power of the A-10's GAU-8/A Avenger, the Joint Strike Fighter is ready for next year CAS flyoff between the F-35 and A-10 Taken at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pax River, the interesting video in this post shows F-35B BF-01 completing the first ever aircraft-mounted test-fire of the podded GAU-22/A gun. According...
First loaded F-35B ski-jump take off
The picture was taken during the second round of F-35B ski ramp testing which continues to support the U. K. in advance of flight trials from HMS Queen Elizabeth The interesting photo in this post shows a F-35B loaded with Paveway IV laser-guided bombs and AIM-132 ASRAAM air-to-air missiles taking off from a ski-jump for the first time. Noteworthy the picture...
This particular CH-53K is an Engineering Development and Manufacturing Model, specifically designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the platform throughout the testing process On Jun. 30, the first Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland from Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The U.S. Navy said in a press release that it...
The AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Inc 1 Mid-band capability, once fielded, will transform the way the U.S. Navy conducts electronic warfare As reported by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) news release, the Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B program office (PMA-234) completed a critical design review (CDR) for the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment (Inc) 1 Mid-band program at...
Actually the P-8A is only the second U.S. Navy aircraft to be equipped to receive fuel mid-flight from a USAF tanker through the flying boom system; the first being the E-6B Mercury nearly 30 years ago A 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 made history last week when the aircraft was the first to operationally refuel a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR),...
The LRASM is designed to satisfy the U.S. Navy and USAF requirement for a weapon that can be used in anti-access/area-denial threat environments As reported by Lockheed Martin in a press release, on Apr. 3, 2017 the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) was successfully jettisoned from a Boeing Super Hornet at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The company said the data from...

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