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Mission Impossible: F-35C jet fighter unable to land on carriers

16.01.2012 18:59

A design flaw in the US Marine Corps version of the F-35 Lightning II, which prevents it from landing on an aircraft carrier, could see the highly advanced vehicle grounded indefinitely.

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Mary Smith 05.05.2014 12:49

I just read today that the first use of a hook and arrestor wires was more than a century ago ! Amazing that it has worked so well for so long. Maybe they will have to invent something new to replace it. A magic eye beam or something of that nature?


Shadows Darkness 02.11.2013 04:41

That's an F-35A in the photo. It would indeed be something of a miracle to get one onto a carrier. Getting one off would require a crane and a really big Hefty bag.

The biggest problem right now is that the F-35C represents a third class of attack aircraft with a fourth on the drawing boards and no 'fighter' to stroke Navy egos with in sight.

They don't want a USAF or USMC optimized aircraft and have made this clear from 2001 and the TAMP numbers. If the F-35C -could- be made to work, they won't help it. See: F-111B and 'N-1 package'.

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