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.

    • blight_

      It’s three planes with similar parts. Not unlike having Nissan Frontier, Xterra and Pathfinder on the F-Alpha platform up until last year. Or the Crown Vic serving as the Mercury Mariner and the Lincoln Town Car. Though the modifications between versions are a lot more than just cosmetic, so the former example may be more relevant than the latter.

      • ltfunk

        Yep just like the F-Alpha platform but with the performance of a donkey cart.

        • blight_

          Perhaps shoehorning the VTOL mode into the -A, -C might’ve broke the camel’s back?

          • Carl G.

            AGREED, the lift fan is useless most of the time, unlike the Harrier which used the more sensible (and more capable) thrust vectoring minimized the sacrificed weight and performance. It’s a mistake to replace the Harrier with the “shoehorned” VSTOL engineering. We should have built a new version of the basic Harrier, OR considered the resurrection of the McDonald Douglass FV-12 design from the mid 70s, suitably updated of course. What possible use is stealth (and its sacrifice in capability) in a close support AC whose primary misn is to get down in the mud with the troops?

          • CIG147

            I just love it when people puke thier opinions about stuff they have zero knowledge of like thier some kind of experts.

    • steve

      Hambrick, sounds lie oyu woud complai if they hung you with a “new rope”???? Geez get off your kicks?

  • Trostorff

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

    • harharhar

      it is funny that some people still believe that most americans work regular 9 to 5 jobs. Most americans today work multiple low paying jobs with no benefits. god bless america

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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