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  1. That will happen when they connect the static discharge lines to it. All the electricity will drain out.
  2. This had my mildly confused...I thought the Wasp was going to be the dedicated test platform?
  3. I think you missed the larger point... Freedom isn't free And here's a semi cool F-35B rolling approach. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29569/check-out-this-f-35-helmet-display-video-of-a-rolling-landing-on-the-hms-queen-elizabeth?xid=emailshare
  4. Freedom ain't free. It costs a buck O five
  5. Well looks here...good news for the jarheads. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/seoul-to-receive-four-more-f-35as-as-tokyo-confirm-460364/?cmpid=NLC%7CFGFG%7CFGFDN-2019-0821-GLOBnews&sfid=70120000000taAm
  6. I'm surprised they haven't already, unless we've gone back to letting them attack Kurds at will.
  7. Without getting into too many specifics that would get me in trouble, that is a very lame response. equivocating and using the "what about them?" type arguments do not address the fundamental problem.There is one side that is clearly excelling at deconstructing civility, honor, and any semblance of allegiance to the truth, let alone the United States Constitution. I suspect many of us here have a one time or another sworn allegiance to that document. Saying all sides are bad does not absolve the one side that is truly, awfully terrible. that said, it's about time they got off the p
  8. Look, the Navy only had 15 years to get ready for this jet. I'd be far more interested in seeing what the US Air Force mission-capable rates are as that should give a better indication of who has their act together logistics wise.
  9. Short of a Growler, what provides a better EW capability?
  10. They clearly were going with a much cheaper alternative to replace a light attack aircraft...wait, THE TYPHOON?!
  11. Germany knocks F-35 ot of Tornado replacement competition: https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2019/01/31/germany-officially-knocks-f-35-out-of-competition-to-replace-tornado/
  12. In the US, what Lockheed, Boeing and Northrop do is far more insidious and harder to overcome though. They don't sell to the public at large. You never saw that Boeing commercial with the two little kids talking about the f-35 and the f-18 on American TV. What they do is hire a bunch of ex-military guys, who come with a degree of built-in gravitas. Then they sell their program with all of its faster-than-light technology to some major who more likely than not may not even have an engineering degree. The next thing you know that major is all lathered up, and has sold the program to
  13. Before anyone gets too holier-than-thou, I don't find Saab's claims to be any more or less outrageous than Boeing's, Airbus, Lockheed, Northrop, Hindustan, Dassault Mirage, Sukhoi, etc. This is a business where the moral imperative is selling units, not being remotely honest. And please, please don't hold up Lockheed as a paragon of honesty.
  14. Depends on how they were queued, I suspect they are doing more than just testing gravity.
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