What could be the last US manned aircraft project has just had it's STOVL
capability proven this week on its flight tests.
Here are some videos.



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Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 20, 2010 at 8:03pm
Big change in the lift fan from earlier prototypes.

It'll probably never be used, unmanned vehicles performing all its missions.

Comment by Alex on March 21, 2010 at 12:09am
Yeah I remember watching documentary about this on discovery and they said that the F35 will probably be amongst the last generation of manned military aircraft, assuming things go the way they are

Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 21, 2010 at 7:37am
I agree with Jack it might not enter service. But if works needed for people to keep jobs it might just.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 21, 2010 at 7:44am
Just saw this http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/F-35-Joint-Strike-Fighter-Event... guess they are ramping up noise hoping to generate more sales.
Comment by Paulo Geraldes on March 21, 2010 at 11:16am
Have a look at this link for more info:

Comment by Xander on March 21, 2010 at 7:55pm
Interesting. I never really thought of this being the last generation of manned military aircraft. But it certainly is going to become harder and harder to justify sticking a person up there...
Comment by Michael Lingg on March 22, 2010 at 8:42am
I don't know where to find a copy of the video (it was e-mailed to me and I don't have a copy right now) but if you can find it, you should see the vertical takeoff near crash of an F-35.

I'm not certain all what happened but my understanding is that the afterburner was accidentally applied during takeoff (not properly locked out in software I guess). When this happened the lift became unbalanced as the lift fan could not compensate. The tail rose rapidly moving into a backflip.

About half way through either the pilot or the computer system transfered to normal flight mode while still in full afterburner. The momentum pushed the aircraft 270 degrees from initial level position to pure vertical with the afterburner stopping the aircraft's descent.

Finally the momentum pushed the aircraft back to level flight (a full 360) and the full afterburner rocketed the F-35 off like a bat out of hell, just missing loosing enough altitude to hit the deck (yes the aircraft survived as far as could be seen on video).

I'm sure everyone involved required a change of pants. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen the video...
Comment by Michael Lingg on March 22, 2010 at 9:49am
Hmm, well made then. I was e-mailed this as legit, probably shouldn't have fallen for it :)
Comment by Overwatch on March 22, 2010 at 9:51am
It's a hoax video recorded in Battlefield 2. Just shows how far we've gotten since the early days of computer graphics :)


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