Video: Navy’s F-35C Lands Aboard Carrier for First Time

F35-Landing-600x400The Navy’s F-35C Joint Strike Fighter carrier variant conducted its first arrested landing Nov. 3, service officials said.


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  • Mitch S.

    Nice 3 wire.

    • Mark

      And more wire catches.

  • BlackOwl18E

    Still done at a cost far too high and at a time far too late to matter. The Navy no longer needs this jet anymore and has better, cheaper options in the Advanced Super Hornet and an assortment of drones.

    • Mark

      The Navy needs this jet or face parity and worse.

    • Dfens

      What? Where’s all the crap about how this “couldn’t be done”? It’s pretty easy for pilots to talk out of their asses, especially when they talk about shit they don’t actually know anything about, like designing airplanes.

    • blight_

      It still matters. Neither is the long range/long-loiter platform that the Navy really needs.

      The Navy of the future will be Hawkeyes directing F-35 intercepts, because the Navy won’t have anything capable of hanging out for long periods of time in the air without aerial refuelling…which will only be possible by using Super Hornets for buddy stores, which is a terribly inefficient way to refuel aircraft.

      • Dfens

        No, the Navy hates the E-2/C-2. It doesn’t have a pointy nose and it has props.

      • tiger

        We need the S-3 to return…. Lock mart has made the suggestion to upgrade them.

        • Dfens

          No we don’t. Hell, that bulbous cockpit causes the air flowing around it to go supersonic at M 0.7 or slightly less, plus the engines are poorly integrated causing compressibility issues around them too. What the f, if we can’t design a better airplane than that one in the 21st Century, we should all have to learn Chinese.

    • wpnexp

      The Advanced Super Hornet is not a better option. It is a worse option. No stealth, no sensor fusion, limitedc growth potential, likely to face hardware obsolence, greater repair costs over time, does not have DAS capabilities limiting situational awareness. Finally, and most important, no one, I repeat no one, is buying the Advanced Super Hornet. If it was a great aircraft, every country out there would be lining up to buy it. Until you show me one country that is interested in buying the Advance Super Hornet, you can not make a case that it is a better option.

    • mikemike

      Thanks for providing your expert insight into how drones can replace the role of fighters.

    • Red

      Poor BlackOwl. He’s been fussing against the F-35 for years, to no avail.

      Since the F-35 may serve until 2060, are you going to fuss for 46 more years?

  • Big-Dean

    While I applaud the efforts of “Naval Aviation” I’m am very concerned about the entire program

    I agree with Black Owl, you can’t come to the party 17 years late and say “here I am, let’s rock and roll” Didn’t someone tell the F-35 the the party moved way down the street?

    Secondly, while the F-35 has a “PROMISE” of capabilities, those real world capabilities have yet to be proven and they are perhaps years away from being fully operational. The F-35 flying around today are simply show pieces and not operational or deployed battle assets

    Lastly, by the time the F-35 is ready for front line combat, perhaps 4 or 5 years down the road, the competition will have surpassed it easily while the entire F-35 has sucked the defense budget dry.

    There is such a thing as too much gold platting (even though gold is shiny and nice) We need to get the most bang for our tax dollar buck, and even though the F-35 MAY have some unique qualities to it, none of them have been proven yet and in the meanwhile we’re running a huge tab that’s going to come due soon.

    Didn’t someone say “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket” We’ve seem to has lost that wisdom.

  • rat

    Say what you will about the 35 being watered down in order to accommodate the marines stove requirement (which is the truth), but the usn does not a better alternative. The super bug is a giant bulls-eye radar reflector and the technology isn’t there yet for autonomous drones. The 35 is the best and only thing the navy has going for replacing the 18s.

  • rtsy

    Carrier landings are always a good show, but it’s kinda sad that the unmanned X-47B did it first.

  • Barry

    No matter what the White House does, it’s also a huge radar reflector. So they might as well can this program … and we’ll hope it doesn’t pull a Frankenstein, like the B-1 or the Osprey. Balance the budget? Start here!

  • Alan Freeman

    Lets face it pilots are out dated and before long sailors and soldiers will be to, I think the leaders of each part of the armed forces needs to catch up with the Tech situation.
    off course they are probably frightened their jobs will be next to become autonomous.

  • Mars

    here’s a video of the F-111B landing on a carrier
    you know, back when the Navy was supposed to buy it too, before they cancelled because it was too late, too expensive and couldn’t deliver as promised

    and here’s the movie Pentagon Wars, which shows what happens when generals go wild, at the expensive of fronte line soldiers and national defence
    especially note how they decide to put the vehicle into production to avoid cancellation because they know the tests wouldn’t hold up

    • Dfens

      That’s about procurement in the ’80s. That was before defense contractors made a profit on design and testing. The rules changed in ’92 and the problems relevant to today’s procurement are significantly different. Mainly, today we do too much design and test, and it costs the taxpayer out the ass. Even with all the design and testing we do today, we still leave plenty of problems in place, because killing a pilot is the surest way to get a big contract to fix what a corporation should have done right in the first place.

    • William_C1

      The F-111 was McNamara’s pet project, he wanted it to do everything. The Navy didn’t like their requirement being combined with those of the Air Force, but on paper it was still an interceptor. What really changed things was that the Navy realized that they needed an interceptor that could maneuver and defeat enemy fighters. The F-111 was not that. Even if they could have fixed all of the weight issues it would never be that.

      That was an entertaining movie but Hollywood isn’t exactly known for always sticking to the facts. Over the past 30+ years the M2 Bradley matured into an effective fighting vehicle and it has the record to prove that. Many of the criticisms directed at in in specific can be applied to the IFV concept as a whole.

    • SMSgt Mac

      That was a pathetic book made into a cartoon as a movie. An Air Force Colonel went up against the Army Arsenal Mentality (the same bureaucracy that didn’t want to buy repeating rifle in the Civil War, and screwed up the early M-16s and the list probably goes on). There were actually competing views on how to live fire test within the Army, with the issue of how to best test against armor penetrators going back to the bazooka heyday. The issue of contention was rooted in repeatability. But the ‘story’ went outside DoD and therefore all ‘political’ during the ‘reformer’ era, as the righteous AF Colonel fell in with Boyd, Spinney et al. IMHO he took the easy way in improving the M2s live fire testing by going outside the system. It would have been harder to do it inside the system, but it wouldn’t have given birth to another ‘reformer’ myth that the system can only be changed from the outside. ON top of it all, just because the Army had problems working out ‘live fire’ testing, the rest of us got saddled with another layer of self-sustaining bureaucracy of questionable value through to this very day(read some independent reports about live-fire testing-the’re lukewarm at best).

    • wpnexp

      And you speak based on building what great weapon systems? Or are you speaking as a procurement officer that procured some great system in the past? Or are you just speaking with no particular point to make?

  • LPF

    Why are terminators being built and we have not been told?

  • oblatt22

    Now that the dog can land on a carrier they are working to do some carrier tests - which is a fancy way of saying towed the garbage around the flight-deck. Because we already know the F-35 cant launch from a carrier, and its unlikely that any of the F-35s already built will ever by operational on a carrier they are just too fragile.

    • William_C1

      The guy saying they would never land on a carrier is now saying they will never take off from one. How predictable.

      • Steve B.

        They will be talking off via catapult.

        No way to get the plane off otherwise, outside of heading to port, crane to lift the plane to dockside, truck to airport, fly home.

        Is oblatt22 really that stupid to think they’re going to do that ?.

        • tiger

          yes…. it appears he is that stupid.

    • SMSgt Mac

      Wow, took a whole day for that Oblatism to fail.

      Must be a record.

    • tiger

      Now you just lost all credibility……

    • wpnexp

      oblatt22, probably should have waited a couple days before you make yourself look like a complete idiot. But I guess you have no real standards for yourself.

      • Alan Freeman

        Come on lads how would we measure intelligence if we had no Idiots to base on

  • Alan Freeman

    I thought every one new you catapult modern aircraft from a carrier unless it’s a VT.
    Could it be because they are not serving or retired military

  • Mark

    Here is an actual fighter pilot talking about his views on the F-35 compared to other legacy fighters.

    At least I hope my copy and paste feature got it right.

    • Mark

      Nope copy and paste failed.

  • curious

    Is this supposed to be good or bad news? First time landing on a carrier after well over a decade of development, plus hundreds of billions sunk into the program?

    LM sure knows how to milk US taxpayers well.

    • Dfens

      You sign them up to a contract that promises Lockheed (or Boeing, or Northrup, or UT, or Sikorsky, or ________) $1.10 for every $1.00 they spend, and then you complain that they spend themselves rich? Seriously, what the f did you think they were going to do? This is not a problem that’s going to get fixed on the contractor side right now. It is a problem whose solution lies in fixing the procurement rules.

  • Terry E. Hudson

    Hi! my name is SGT Terry E. Hudson retired I am writing to Know why is it that my dependent who is Korean can go home to her country in Korea and can not us the Military Commissary or PX or BX or can not even by a bottle of Water on Base without there husband be there with her this is not fair to the dependents of or service man and women and as me a husband of my wife don’t have the time to go to Korea for I have to work to take care of my family they tell us that we do are 20 years or so on that we and are dependents will have the right to use these Base’s any where in the world where there is a U.S. Military Base but when my wife go home to her Country to visit her family she has no right to us the commissary or PX to buy anything she need there my wife have been married to me over 32 years and she know the rules other the Military there as well as here and the United States plus my wife is a United States Citizen I fell that this is a Violation of her rights as a American citizen and as a retiree of the military and as for me myself when I was over in Korea I myself had went to the Post Office there to mail things that I had brought there in Korea they told me that I could not mail any thing over 6 OZ from a United State Post office come on now what’s up with this I have done my time in the Military and I am treated this way what is wrong with this picture and me and my wife both are United States citizen now I want feed back on this from every U.S. Military Retiree’s

  • prkralex

    Recently 2 F-35C aircraft landed on the USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego, California, as part of the fifth-generation fighter’s initial at-sea testing phase.

    See this video:…

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