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Old 10-21-2011, 06:36 PM   #501
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Looks like our mission in Italy is over very soon. Means I don't have to do a full 6 month stint next year in that sauna.
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so does the F35 do the verticle take offs with it's vector thrusting or whatever?
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so does the F35 do the verticle take offs with it's vector thrusting or whatever?
Why yes, yes it does.

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Yup! But steam catapults are on the way out, they're starting to use electromagnetic catapults now. Crazy.




LAKEHURST, N.J. (Dec. 16, 2010) An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched during a test of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) at Naval Air Systems Command, Lakehurst, N.J. The Navy has used steam catapults for more than 50 years to launch aircraft from aircraft carriers. EMALS is a complete carrier-based launch system designed for Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and future Ford-class carriers. Newer, heavier and faster aircraft will result in launch energy requirements approaching the limits of the steam catapult, increasing maintenance on the system. The system's technology allows for a smooth acceleration at both high and low speeds, increasing the carrier's ability to launch aircraft in support of the warfighter. EMALS will provide the capability for launching all current and future carrier air wing platforms from lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles to heavy strike fighters. The first ship components are on schedule to be delivered to CVN 78 in 2011. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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Yup! But steam catapults are on the way out, they're starting to use electromagnetic catapults now. Crazy.

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LAKEHURST, N.J. (Dec. 16, 2010) An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched during a test of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) at Naval Air Systems Command, Lakehurst, N.J. The Navy has used steam catapults for more than 50 years to launch aircraft from aircraft carriers. EMALS is a complete carrier-based launch system designed for Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and future Ford-class carriers. Newer, heavier and faster aircraft will result in launch energy requirements approaching the limits of the steam catapult, increasing maintenance on the system. The system's technology allows for a smooth acceleration at both high and low speeds, increasing the carrier's ability to launch aircraft in support of the warfighter. EMALS will provide the capability for launching all current and future carrier air wing platforms from lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles to heavy strike fighters. The first ship components are on schedule to be delivered to CVN 78 in 2011. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
nice. if they can launch airplanes via electromagnetic rails, can't be too far off for railguns!

also, while it's neat that the F35 is VTOL-capable, i still dislike the actual mechanism it uses from an aesthetic viewpoint; a swivelling drooping penis-like exhaust and an engine-driven fan further forward... seems more chintzy than the Harrier's four thrust nozzles. and yes, i know the F35 outperforms the Harrier six ways from Sunday. I'm just saying how the design is unappealing to me.... form over function i say!
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so does the F35 do the verticle take offs with it's vector thrusting or whatever?
Depends on the model. Model B does, which is the one the Marines and I believe Italy are ordering. Model C is designed for Carriers, and Model A is your normal Jet (the one Canada is working on getting).
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Some shots from a Vintage Wings of Canada heritage flight in Gatineau, QC that my dad took part in. These aircraft have all been restored here in Canada, and are Canadian owned and operated. Welcome to Vintage Wings of Canada







And a similar shot from the US:



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The Navy and Marines are now testing vertical takeoffs and landings on carriers with the F-35B02 variants.

those look so gangster.

the black and lines on it, like something outta an anime.
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The F86 Sabre.

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My favourite jet... . That's awesome.
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My father was stationed at Chattam NB back when the Golden Hawks were in service.
Here is some of his pictures







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Dad worked in the 'nuke' barns on alert. He was one of the overnight crew that slept in the barn and made sure the Voodoos were ready to be deployed at any time. He had some crazy clearance at that base.
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My father was stationed at Chattam NB back when the Golden Hawks were in service.
Here is some of his pictures
Those are awesome photos! My dad will love to see those. Got your PM, he didn't fly for the Hawks, he was only a couple years old when they flew. He saw them at his first air show which is what inspired him to be a pilot. Now 60 years later he gets to fly the same jet, quite the fairy tale.

We lost a good one last week, RIP Sgt. Janick Gilbert.

Janick Gilbert, a Canadian soldier, dies during mission in Nunavut near Baffin Island | News | National Post



A search-and-rescue technician from Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario died this week during a rescue mission in the North.

Sgt. Janick Gilbert died Thursday night during a mission near Igloolik, Nunavut, near Baffin Island, the Department of National Defence said Friday.

His age and hometown were not immediately available, nor was the nature of the mission he was participating in.

On behalf of the Defence family and our brave men and women in uniform, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of Sgt. Janick Gilbert, who died yesterday in Nunavut, Lt.-Gen. Andre Deschamps, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, said in a statement.

He lost his life in the service of his country while unselfishly answering the call for help.

The incident is under investigation.

One report indicated Gilbert jumped in the water at the northern location, along with two other technicians, to save two people stranded in a boat. The other technicians and people being rescued reportedly survived.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to the soldiers family, friends and colleagues in a statement Friday.

Canadas landscape is one of the most challenging in the world in which to conduct search-and-rescue operations, and the area in which search-and-rescue professionals work is the largest in the world it extends over 15 million square kilometres of land and sea and encompasses the worlds longest coastline, the prime minister said.

The Canadian Armed Forces search-and-rescue technicians are some of the best trained in the world, and have saved thousands of lives nationwide.

Sgt. Gilbert was an extremely brave Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice while proudly serving his country.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston also offered his sympathies.

The operation itself resulted in the rescue of two local citizens, Johnston said.

(Gilbert) has demonstrated tremendous courage in circumstances of great peril. His sacrifice will not be in vain; we will be forever grateful to him.
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Welcome back, and cute flyby.

Canada's CF-18s in Libya mission return home - Canada - CBC News

Most of the maint crews are back already and the rest will be back very early tomorrow morning in Cold Lake.
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Canada's CF-18s in Libya mission return home - Canada - CBC News

Most of the maint crews are back already and the rest will be back very early tomorrow morning in Cold Lake.
Congratulations on a job well done. I heard you guys got to play with some JDAMS finally as well. About time!

EDIT - For those of you that don't know what a JDAM is:

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km). The guidance system was developed by the United States Air Force and United States Navy, hence the "joint" in JDAM. The JDAM was meant to improve upon laser-guided bomb and imaging infrared technology, which can be hindered by bad ground and weather conditions. Laser seekers are now being fitted to some JDAMs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_D...ttack_Munition

In other words, you don't even have to see the target anymore and paint it with a laser. Now you can engage targets from any altitude through any weather and the GPS system will guide the bomb to it's target within probably 6-8ft. Bye bye bad guy.


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^ Sounds like something straight out of Ace Combat. Bombing is getting more and more high tech from the looks of it.
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Not really military aircraft news, but somewhat related

The Russian Navy missile cruiser Varyag and a tanker are in town until Friday afternoon, and some of its crew will be participating in Remembrance Day ceremonies at Victory Square. The HMCS Algonquin destroyer is also docked nearby, as it escorted the Russian ships into port. The Varyag is open to tours tomorrow from 9am-12pm and will be leaving on Friday afternoon, following the Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Ever want to board a Russian missile cruiser? Here

I'll probably go to see it leave on Friday; should've taken Thursday off.
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where is that russian boat usually stationed? i swear it was the same one in the St.petersburg harbour when i was there in June
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