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Thread: This takes all the fun out of carrier deck launches/landings....

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    President Member 63 R2 Hawk's Avatar
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    This takes all the fun out of carrier deck launches/landings....

    The guy standing on the bow is very trusting of new technology.......

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    Silver Hawk Member StudeDave57's Avatar
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    Amphibious Assault ships have been around for many years.

    Same with jump jets. Harriers first flew back in the '60s.
    We started getting them in the '80s.
    Those F-35Bs are just fancy over-priced replacements...

    Catapults and arresting gear on REAL aircraft carriers aren't going away anytime soon.
    In fact- the F-35C is for the NAVY. It's got a tail hook~

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    President Member 48skyliner's Avatar
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    Just watching the video, I get the impression this is easier to fly in the hover mode than the Harrier, which is to be expected - no doubt has automatic stabilization of some sort. I flew formation with early Harriers in about 1978 for photography, and the pilots said it was very challenging flying formation at our speeds, about 120-150 knots, because they were actually in hover mode. I mentioned that the accident rate was reported to be pretty high, and asked one pilot about the control system reliability. Of course he could not talk about it, but he said that there was no known accident in which the airplane was at fault.

    I can't help wondering what this outrageously high priced new airplane can do better than the Harrier. More to the point, what can it do better than ten or twelve Harriers?
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    President Member t walgamuth's Avatar
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    I like the looks of the lines on that plane.
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    Golden Hawk Member rockne10's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    I like the looks of the lines on that plane.
    For a mere $337 Million per F-35C it had better look good!
    Total program is now expected to come in at $391 BILLION! For a plane that many in and out of the government question the need, that's substantial tender; most expensive ever!

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