The F-35 thread

Dave

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Interesting interview with an F35 pilot.


His description of fighting against 4th gen planes is quite an eye-opener, “it’s like clubbing baby seals”.
 

Blu82

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A total of 46 F-35 stealth fighters are currently without functioning engines due to an ongoing problem with the heat-protective coating on their turbine rotor blades becoming worn out faster than was expected. With the engine maintenance center now facing a backlog on repair work, frontline F-35 fleets have been hit, with the U.S. Air Force’s fleet facing the most significant availability shortfall.

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I also saw on my twitter feed (can't find the link again) that the hourly flight costs on the F-35 has significantly reduced over the last couple of years.
 
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