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OT – F-35B STOVL variant January 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness.

I’m still trying to figure out what Colleen’s connection to military aviation is, so I’ll keep posting things  like this until she tells me. 

The test program director’s statements are a bit of a stretch.  There are penalties associated with STOVL, although it appears LockMart have done the best job yet with this very difficult requirement.  For one, the STOVL variant cannot carry as much internal fuel or weaponry as the land based or carrier strike variants.  It has a shorter range and less payload.  If it takes off in the vertical, which is probably will not do too often, the range is quite short compared to the other variants.  He also doesn’t mention cost – the STOVL variant is the most expensive, and with the Brits now dumping out of that program, to ostensibly buy the arrested landing carrier version F-35C, the cost will be even higher per unit.  It is no accident this video was produced now, after the British announcement to not buy the STOVL variant.

More on F-35 capabilities below.  Even though the F-35 cannot perform like the F-22 in some areas, in others, like sensors and sensor fusion, it will be even more advanced:


1. Colleen Hammond - January 5, 2011

My connection to military aviation? If I told you, I’d have to kill you… 😉

2. Colleen Hammond - January 5, 2011

My connection with military aviation…? If I told you, I’d have to shoot you… 😉

tantamergo - January 5, 2011

I’m not buying it. You just like the videos.

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