Friday, August 19, 2016

F-35 landings too precise?

Before seven carrier-variant F-35 embarked aboard the carrier USS George Washington for its third and final round of developmental testing, they completed a required on-shore training period and learned just how precise a built-in landing program could be. The practice landings at Choctaw Naval Outlying Field near Pensacola, Fla., went so well, with the planes landing on the same spot of the runway every time. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of Naval Air Forces, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., that the landings on the same spot tore up the runway where the hook touches down. The F-35C uses the Delta Flight Path, a built-in technology that controls glide slope and minimizes the number of variables pilots have to monitor as they complete arrested carrier landings. (Source: DoD Buzz, 08/18/16) Previous