Wow...it lands using rainbow power!
Now that the services are no longer "Don't Ask - Don't Tell" there is no need to hide the rainbow fuel.
I also would like to know whether they've done tests with the F-35B carrying a full combat load of bombs and missiles for a combined A2A/A2G heavy mission like they'd do over Afghanistan. I'd like to see that STOL takeoff with a full combat load. I'm sure it's designed to do that.
Do they hang stuff on the outside or is it mostly carried in the internal bay? I'd guess that they would mostly use those 500 lb. JDAMs for precision strikes. My assumption would be that the JDAM is far cheaper than any guided type missiles.
Guess they have that worked out.
That's the US Government you're talking about - they might *not* have that worked out yet..
Wasn't there something about the F-35 tailhook for the Navy variant having to be redesigned because it wouldn't work with the current or next generation arresting cables?
Hope the nose lg stand up to the abuse, it didn't look good towards the end of the video.
I noticed that wobble too. LOL.. Throw in a thunderstorm, rough seas, poor vis..and things could get interesting. What we are seeing in that awesome video (and really is good..props to the OP) is ideal circumstance footage. I'm sure they are easing in to what will be "normal" ops with it. Lots of challenges crop up in the development that the designers didn't plan for. I'm always amazed when one of these projects make it from paper (er..CAD) to reality.
I'm interested to see how the stealth surfacing holds up at sea. I read a while back that a good part of ground time on other stealth designs was maintenance on the surface to maintain stealth effectiveness.
Yeah.. Is it the same type of paint or some new type?
Again - great video..