30 Jun '17, 5pm

F-35 Paris Flight Demo: Much Ado About Nothing

-- “A European military pilot said the nose jumped around while the aircraft was banking, which he took as a sign of faulty flight control software.” -- “Very powerful engine, fast climb rate, but stayed far higher than other planes: I wonder why.” -- “I wasn't impressed with all that lolling around.” -- “Strip the weapons racks out of the bomb bay, remove the tail hook, yank out the relief tube and pray for a nice cold day with low humidity (makes the air denser). Besides all that, there's almost certainly another 1000 or 2000 pounds they could surreptitiously unbolt for this 10-minute, “wow-the-yahoos” circus act.” -- “Here's an astute observation from a pilot-engineer friend of mine, as timed from the F-35 circus act video: "...my timing indicates the sustained turn rate was only 17 deg/sec. F16s in that configuration are more like 22." And remember, that sparkling 17 d...

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