The F-35: Kicking Off Your Long Weekend

Second F-35A Production Jet Arrives at Edwards AFB

That’s right, kick off this long weekend by watching this amazing high-def video of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ops out of Edwards Air Force Base in Calif.

Enough said.

Click through the jump for the video.

H/t to Gizmodo.

  • Lance

    Awesome pic of Edwards AFB the Lighting 2 in USAF colors looks good.

  • Richard

    <3

  • Joel

    Yup, best way to start a weekend off. Great video, can’t wait till the F-35 is rollin’ off the line and into service, hopefully it does.

  • Marcellus Hambrick

    The F-35 is wayyyyyyyy overrated. Trying to do too much with one plane.

  • Trostorff

    What long weekend? Some of us actually have to work. Nice shots though.

  • Black Owl

    How about we get some high def videos of the F-35C doing an arrested landing? What about some live weapons firing? Or how about some departure from controlled flight spins testing?

    Oh wait… They still can’t do those or anything else that’s actually useful after a decade and $400 billion. What failure of a weapons platform this jet has turned out to be.

    • Pilgrimman

      Do you honestly think you’re going to change anyone’s mind about this? You’re a lousy troll.

      • Black Owl

        I have changed several people’s minds already. I have also gotten many more people to question this fighter critically instead of just following along on the techno-craze bandwagon that it is pulling. Thanks for asking.

    • Mike

      Your suppose to be a pilot? You have been the only adolescent in this forum for quite some time.

  • STemplar

    Any F35 fans have links to good news?

    Tail hook validation testing?
    Fuel dump redesign?
    IPP life-cycle improvement?
    Stealth coating no longer burning off from afterburner?
    Helmet mounted queuing system?
    % of code completed in avionics?

  • baddaunoo

    funny isn’t it, coping Russian designs……………all what i see is not any new fighter but yak 141. the soviets should be proud of themselves……the mighty dragon is waiting in the to blaze fire(J 20) along T 50………….!!!!!!

  • PJCUK

    Everyone can see through this PR cr*p - can’t they? ;)

  • Carl G.

    The only way to save the F-35 program is to:
    1. Stop this Jimmy Carter type procurement policy. 2. Decide on a realistic (ie. much larger) number, 3. use multi-year contracting (like the Navy does with the F-18E/F, and Reagan did with everything), 4. add vectored thrust to make it competitive in ACM, 5.adopt the larger Navy C airframe for the USAF (carries more farther), and accept that the B model was a bad idea and and realize that expensive stealth has little use in a close support AC (an advanced Harrier derivative would be cheaper and far more effective).

    • blight_

      The longer it takes to deliver, the faster the order number drops. We learned this from F-22, which had a long development and took forever to arrive.

      Thrust-vector would require a total rework of the F-135 and F-136 engines, and would make development even more protracted. I wonder what it would take to put an F-119 into a JSF…in fantasyland, that would put the next-gen air force on a common engine.

  • duuude

    How does the JSF aim its cannon without a HUD?

    • Commisar12

      it has a helmet mounted sight.

      • duuude

        I know it has a helmet mounted sight.

        Think about how that’s going to work when it comes to strafing. How is this supposed to be better than the A-10 it’s supposed to replace?

        • Commisar12

          It is only supposed to start replacing the A-10 in 2028. As fot strafing, if the F-16 and Eurofighter can strafe, so can the F-35, it has a 25mm cannon.

  • Max

    Why can’t they just leave the lousy music off the video? I hate rock music

  • Jim

    An airplane that does not answer the needs of our Country. Way over budget, way to slow to actually combat enemy aircraft. As the photos of the plane show, it’s design is a pig.
    How about we actually acquire a long overlooked FAST, SMALL, SPECIFIC, CHEAP Tactical Fighter that some 75+ countries already have and use; The F-5E/F.
    WHY can’t we buy that aircraft with UPDATED avionics and weapons and maybe a very modern small engine, and build enough of them to have around 2,000 aboard for the Air Force to actually DO the job they need to do; which is defend our country? For the cost of one F-35, we can get around 6-7 F-5s. But no, we have to keep pouring money down the proverbial “rat hole” for the F-35. Very Sad indeed.

    • William C.

      Are you joking? They tried that with the F-20 Tigershark and nobody wanted it as the F-16 was superior in most respects. Today the F-5 is outclassed in virtually every aspect of performance by newer fighters.

    • Riles

      While I am a fan of the F-5, and sympathize with and prefer a procurment strategy based on cheap-er, reliable and proven designs (as opposed to super cutting edge that is also super expensive), the F-5 is just plain old. Those countires that still fly it? They are all sub par airforces that can’t afford to upgrade to something more modern. So, in short, while I understand the desire to go the way of “cheap, reliable, modern-but-not-cutting-edge”, the suggestion that we go back to flying 5-5’s is silly.

  • Bill Wollard

    Not manueverable - wing loading of an F-105, which was regularly shredded by Mig 21s in Nam. Slow. Just an overpriced, over hyped, poorly engineered bomb truck. This is the FTFX/F-111 program all over agin. Trying to do way too many things with one airframe. This pig should be killed.

    • William C.

      The F-105 was designed as a supersonic nuclear bomber, not something that would be flying air-superiority missions. F-105s still managed to shoot down 27.5 MiGs while only losing 17 in return.

      The F-35 was designed from the start to be a multi-role strike fighter with performance comparable to the F-16 and F/A-18. Hell, its engine produces more thrust at military power than the F-105’s did at full afterburner.

    • PMI

      “wing loading of an F-105” - Which would be relevant if we were still talking about the days when an aircraft was a tube with wings attached. Unfortunately for Mr. Sprey’s analogy we are actually living in an age where nifty things called computers help design lifting body fuselages that produce significant amounts of lift.

      It’s interesting that the folks using that argument conveniently ignore the fact that an F-4 had lower wing loading the holy grail F-16. Incidentally the same F-16 that even while clean needs an afterburner to keep up with the ‘slow’ F-35 using military thrust.

  • John Moore

    That’s one dam long weekend DT

  • johnysmith

    do you know guys that Japan has chosen the US-made F-35 stealth jet as its next-generation mainstay fighter in a multi-billion dollar deal? http://airsoc.com/articles/view/id/4ee7094ac6f8fa…