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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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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?
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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