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New 150million combat jet is banned from flying in bad weather because it could EXPLODE
Daily Mail ^ | 20 January 2013 | James Rush

Posted on 01/20/2013 1:04:14 PM PST by spetznaz

It's considered to be the world's most sophisticated superfighter jet, but Britain's new £150million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode.

Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet's fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning.

According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years' time, has also been made more vulnerable to enemy attack than the aircraft it is set to replace, after its weight was reduced in an attempt to increase fuel efficiency.

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The F-35 may eventually prove all skeptics wrong, but the bad news keeps on coming. More bad news for the F-35, including:

- until a device in the fuel tank is redesigned, test-flying within 25 miles of thunderstorms is 'not permitted'.

- a fault in the design of the fuel tank which means it is unable to rapidly descend to low altitude.

- a handful of cracks discovered during examinations by the United States Air Force and the aircraft's manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

- The report states: 'All of these discoveries will require mitigation plans and may include redesigning parts and additional weight.'

1 posted on 01/20/2013 1:04:24 PM PST by spetznaz
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To: spetznaz

>>The F-35 may eventually prove all skeptics wrong, but the bad news keeps on coming. <<

The F-35 is a camel: a mouse built by government committee.

And as you said: just when it could not possible get worse, it gets worse.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 1:07:53 PM PST by freedumb2003 (lib "think": My bumper sticker didn't go into details about that!)
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To: spetznaz

The F-22 WAS a pretty good aircraft ....


3 posted on 01/20/2013 1:08:24 PM PST by Ken522
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To: spetznaz
Fair weather warrior, eh?
Back to the drawing board.
4 posted on 01/20/2013 1:09:42 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Ken522

Yeah, but that production line is kaput.


5 posted on 01/20/2013 1:14:03 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Ken522

Until the chinese and the russians and pretty soon the japanese/koreans caught up, and the remaining, flying F22’s are given to the muslim brotherhood.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 1:19:35 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Ken522

“The F-22 WAS a pretty good aircraft ....”

I remember reading in Aviation Week in the ‘80’s that in the 2020’s each fighter jet would cost hundreds of millions. Well, the F-22 is 361 million a copy. That’s the purchase price. Maintaining them for 30 years will greatly increase that cost. We obviously need fighter aircraft. But maybe, just maybe, we’re going about it all wrong. Perhaps they should be a combination of Artificial Intelligence and remote control. That ought to cut the cost and the risk in half. Maybe they should be bought in a multi-year contract that’s funded for the entire contract rather than one year at a time so Congress can get lobbyist funds for their campaigns. Perhaps we should get the military out of the day-to-day engineering as they change what they want moment to moment. Or, never define what they want, as in the case of FCS. Maybe we need to incentivize companies differently. FCS was incentivized based on how much they spent. If their spend plan stayed on target they got extra money. The program’s design fell behind, but, they certainly spent the money on time.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 1:20:00 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: spetznaz

Was it made in china?


8 posted on 01/20/2013 1:20:36 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: spetznaz

Not to worry ... with sequestration pretty much everyone involved with the F-35 will be looking for another job. Taxes will go up, our military will the logistical nightmare of supporting far more specialty aircraft than necessary, and we will grow more incapable of defending our nation.

But - at least we aren’t entirely racist - we have a half-black president.


9 posted on 01/20/2013 1:20:57 PM PST by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: spetznaz
in an attempt to increase fuel efficiency.

Just great. A flying Chevy Volt.

10 posted on 01/20/2013 1:23:00 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Plus very different intended roles. The F-22 was the replacement for the F-15. The F-35 is a plane that is supposed to do every thing the F-16, F/A-18 and the Harrier do.


11 posted on 01/20/2013 1:23:18 PM PST by Kadric
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To: Hodar

I wonder what color he will be after the first nuke hits DC...


12 posted on 01/20/2013 1:25:05 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Libloather

Fuel Efficiency = Range. It’s range as designed is extremely poor, so they’re desperate to do anything to increase the range.


14 posted on 01/20/2013 1:25:43 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: spetznaz
This little hot rod by SAAB is the fighter of the future

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15 posted on 01/20/2013 1:34:17 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: spetznaz

Just update the Geneva Conventions to allow combat only on sunny days. Problem solved.


16 posted on 01/20/2013 1:40:23 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: spetznaz

Sounds like the Fisker Karma

http://updates.jalopnik.com/post/34669789863/more-than-a-dozen-fisker-karma-hybrids-caught-fire-and


17 posted on 01/20/2013 1:43:09 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: Libloather

I’m thinking more of a flying Ford Pinto!
(Can’t find an animated gif of an exploding Pinto.)


18 posted on 01/20/2013 1:58:13 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Candor7
"Tell the Captain he has to land this plane before the tail falls off."


19 posted on 01/20/2013 1:59:15 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Strategerist

Agreed. Range isn’t great but there we have it. We have put all our chips on this jet so one way or the other we are going to have to make it work for us.

Let’s see how its doing in ten years.


20 posted on 01/20/2013 2:02:13 PM PST by Smartisan
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