Strange looking warbird

A friend passed along a recently
released video about testing an F-35B
aboard the USS Wasp.

It is a stealth, super-sonic version
of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning
II.

The F-35B is a short takeoff and
vertical landing (STOVL) variant which
holds about 30% less fuel than F-35A
because of the vertical flight system.

The F-35B is 51.3 feet long, has a
wingspan of 35 feet, weight is 32,300
pounds empty, has a range of 900 nmi,
and a combat radius of 469 nmi.

An F-35B can do vertical landings as
the jet nozzles are adjustable. The
nozzles were designed to spread the
output in an oval pattern as opposed
to circular to limit the damage to the
asphalt decks of Aircraft Carriers.

The Marine Corps expect to declare
initial operating capability with 50
F-35Bs sometime in 2014-1015.

The Marines are planning to use these
jets on unimproved surfaces at austere
bases and also at special high-temperature
concrete runways.
Comments are always welcome.

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7 Responses to Strange looking warbird

  1. Brittius says:

    If you notice, it appears a hybrid of F-14 and ME-262 with Harrier multi directional and hover capabilities. This is why I say to leave places like Area-51 and the others alone. But most people have never had the sorrowful task of dealing with charred human remains and hence the ET/UFO stuff. It’s another topic.
    The USN is taking a more conventional stance as do other navies by being soldiers, first. It doesn’t bother me because people ask “what’s better, green beret or Seal?”, or which branch is better. My answer is that each branch and each and every job (MOS) are like gears in a transmission. You select the correct gear for the job or task that must be performed. All the gears in the transmission have great value and together, the machine works efficiently.
    The aircraft will give fire support to infantry and under urgent conditions it may even possible to do sea rescue or ruin the day for some enemy trying to grab a downed pilot. In days of old.., infantry relied on USAF (“Uncle Jed and the Boys”) for napalm strikes and that was dangerous to those requiring immediate assistance in the first place, F-35B will be a much better selection for that type of role.

  2. cruisin2 says:

    Brittius,
    Things have changed in the decades since I got out, but we still hope the defense budget stays big up for the military to defend
    us.

  3. Brittius says:

    I just bounced back onto your page…
    More than the defense of us, we have to consider that men and women take a military commitment and deserve to have the taxpayers support them in their daily lives and especially when they are in harms way. When people “demand” answers, research and development become stalled, and at times delayed or halted by Congress in response to people having wild ideas. The result is possibly to have a squad or platoon pinned down and under enemy fire desperately calling for help but, the help never arrives or arrives too late because what should have been helping was delayed or halted like the F-22 was delayed for so long, and that will never sit well with me because a price in blood from service people will be paid. KIA is unacceptable. Long term serious physical injuries and amputations, will never sit well with me. Something failed, and I always take on the belief that we, the people living in safety, stupidly allowed a delay or some kind of monkey wrench to be tossed into the works that caused the horrible results. It’s simply not fair to the military service people any more than Obama wanting Retirees of USMil to now pay for their own healthcare benefits! They gave 20 to 30 years of their lives, their families always living with deployments and the general unknown, and now a president with the nerve to ask retirees to pay their own healthcare?! Look at 101st Abn, burn pits in Iraq, toxic materials causing health problems. LeJune, toxic materials dumped in ground and in drinking water. Things happen and I know at times they are unavoidable and without malice but what, now these people are abandoned by the Pentagon and we simply forget the whole thing and move on? Dreamland had a similar suit but that was flattened due to Secrecy Act, but is similar, and these people in my opinion, should not be abandoned when they gave of themselves in Good Faith. I know that I am set in my ways, and my brain is soft like a cantaloupe, but it doesn’t sit well with me. The Defense budget is a two-way street, to serve the American people and, to uphold our end of the bargain, when people serve our Country.

  4. davenport resident says:

    So if you take guns out of the movies will people continue to watch them?

  5. cruisin2 says:

    Britius,
    Amen to that.

    davenport resident,
    We wouldn’t know. Haven’t been to see a movie in over 10 years.

  6. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!

  7. cruisin2 says:

    Russel Ray Photos,
    Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by.

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