Monday, April 16, 2012

Hmmm. Ok Lockheed. Good one Dew Line.


via the Dew Line.
The United Kingdom's first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production jet made its inaugural test flight on 13 April. The aircraft, an F-35B short takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) model, flew a series of functional flight checks during the sortie. Lockheed's Bill Gigliotti was at the controls during the 45-minute flight.

This new guy Dave over at that shop is bringing a very different spin to that blog.  It was once solidly in the Bill Sweetman/Bob Cox/APA bash the F-35 at every occassion whether deserved or not.

He doesn't seem to be part of that coalition.  When news on the F-35 is to be reported, he's on it.  Whether its good or bad.


  1. i just posted a pic of the first F-35 in my library. i don't know if the one on the Dew Line is the actual airplane that flew that day or not.

  2. My guess would be that it is. No tail markings and has a UK roundel on the wing.

  3. Sol, you may be interested to know that today's Times is carrying a front-page article claiming that the UK service chiefs have "unanimously" recommended that Britain revert to an F-35B purchase. This is in order to bring the aircraft into service within a reasonable time frame, and to allow both carriers to be operated.

    I would have posted a link, but the Times site has to be paid for.


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