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Old 10-13-2008, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman/BAE F-35B is awesome and will kick your ass.

Supposedly classified CG demo video.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:51 PM   #2
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The Harrier on steriods
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:53 PM   #3
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i still don't like the addition of more moving parts.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:06 AM   #4
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:07 AM   #5
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Gosh that's awesome...
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:16 AM   #6
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And here is real thing.


The F-35 wasn't a black project, the stealth aspects of course remain classified like all other U.S. stealth based aircraft but this project is unilateral spanning variants for several allies, Britain and Germany.

This on the other hand.


I pitty anyone that gets in a dog fight with one of these things.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:58 AM   #7
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^Epic fail for misspelling maneuverability on the second video.


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The F-35 wasn't a black project, the stealth aspects of course remain classified like all other U.S. stealth based aircraft but this project is unilateral spanning variants for several allies, Britain and Germany.
Yup. The X-35 and the X-32 were both considered, but Boeing's X-32 was just so ugly. And too radical.
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I *think* the real reason the X-32 wasn't chosen was because there was a back-room deal to build the Lockheed variant after they lost the F22 battle. Technically, theirs was superior; but their bid was too much.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:14 PM   #9
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^Possibly. I've heard that all over when the X-35 was chosen, but I'm glad Lockheed won, though.

The X-32 was really radical though. So much that the demonstrator couldn't even have the radical Pelikan tail, and that they had to submit a second design in the middle of the X-32 production with conventional wings for the actual proposal. And I remember them having to remove the front "chin" of the plane during the VTOL test because of safety precautions. That kind of kinks does make a test plane design seem unreliable.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:19 PM   #10
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The Gov. has to make sure that there is "still" competition in the aerospace industry by dishing out contracts to the generally better bid; with exceptions when the longevity of the other is in question
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