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VT F-35's

Post by luke28 » Tue May 04, 2021 9:21 am

Are these visible at all or completely hidden away?

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by Starbuck » Tue May 04, 2021 10:07 am

Think they're tucked away somewhere in the Reapers nest

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by mdobuk21 » Tue May 04, 2021 10:12 am

One was towed infront of the viewing area yesterday, there was a photo on Facebook

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by sschofield » Tue May 04, 2021 11:03 am

One has been noted in a HAS by the 06 end (494FS?), XWP29 caught it in shot number 10 in this link

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=204184

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by luke28 » Tue May 04, 2021 1:17 pm

Thanks for the replies 👍👍

Attempting to work out what days best to pop over to maximise my chance of catching them. That 06 end HAS picture is great information 👌👌

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by Thunderbolt II » Tue May 04, 2021 3:54 pm

Hopefully these two will fly at some point this week? Are they being used to familiarise the base personnel with with the F-35A prior to the new squadrons standing up, I wonder?

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by luke28 » Tue May 04, 2021 4:35 pm

Thunderbolt II wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:54 pm
Hopefully these two will fly at some point this week? Are they being used to familiarise the base personnel with with the F-35A prior to the new squadrons standing up, I wonder?
Thats pretty much what one of the chaps on facebook has said, "ground crew familiarisation and acoustic testing".

Apparantly one was towed over to the Northern HAS side of the base yesterday and has been doing Engine runs today.

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by slogen51 » Tue May 04, 2021 6:00 pm

It's is a weird one?

What ground crew? Surely the ground crew will all be being trained at Fort Worth or wherever they do these things.

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Post by RJ79 » Tue May 04, 2021 6:53 pm

If you look at photo 10 in this.... viewtopic.php?f=16&t=204184 it shows one of the F-35's hangared up. I would assume that the other one is as well.
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Re: VT F-35's

Post by XWP29 » Wed May 05, 2021 6:14 pm

slogen51 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 6:00 pm
It's is a weird one?

What ground crew? Surely the ground crew will all be being trained at Fort Worth or wherever they do these things.
In some other Photos I haven’t published there were people around the aircraft not in uniform. I expect it’s the contractors and the deployment is purely for tests and tryouts on the ground. Seems logical and I would guess they will move the aircraft around. I wondered if the crews had returned to the US in the interim, being ANG.
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Post by sschofield » Sat May 08, 2021 2:58 pm

mdobuk21 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 10:12 am
One was towed infront of the viewing area yesterday, there was a photo on Facebook
Do you happen to know where on Facebook please?

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by slogen51 » Sat May 08, 2021 4:22 pm

I heard that F-35 in the HAS was the Red VMFA-211 machine CF-01? Does that make sense as I saw the fin tips of CF-01 from the A1065 but I can't recall if that was after the photo?

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by sschofield » Sat May 08, 2021 6:54 pm

Mike,

It does and it doesn't make sense, as follows!;

If they wanted to show off an F-35 to either important people or just the ground crew (sorry, I guess the ground crew are important too!), then it would probably make sense to use the specially marked jet. BUT - Wouldn't it have made more sense to have parked it outside for photos etc? Surely someone would want to record the event for posterity? That wouldn't be easy to do from inside a HAS.

Second - If the jet in the HAS WAS being used to familiarise ground crew with the new jet, then surely they would be given an Air Force F-35A to play with, not a Marine Corps F-35B, which is effectively useless to them as it is a substantially different jet? And, if that was the case, then what was the point in bringing the 2 VT ANG jets over at all?

The jet was reported in the HAS on Friday, and there were reports (Dougie Couch for 1) of all 10 jets lined up on the Thursday. Make of that what you will!

Personally I think it is more likely it was one of the USAF jets, but that is based on conjecture, not any solid fact. I've even spent some time just now googling images of both VT ANG and VMFA-211 jets to see what colour engine inlet covers they have. Clutching at straws I realise! (They were both red!)

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by slogen51 » Sat May 08, 2021 7:21 pm

I agree. I assumed the sheltered jet in the photo was a F-35A but as I say someone told me in good faith it was CF-01 and I was surprised but didn't think any more of it as I forgot that I saw (just) CF-01 on the line from the A1065

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by tommc » Sat May 08, 2021 7:44 pm

The one inside the HAS had a distinctly lighter coloured radome and canopy frame compared to the rest of the fuselage colour.

Unless it was a weird trick of the light, my guess was F-35A.

Compare VT pictures to VMFA-211 ones.

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Re: VT F-35's

Post by twinstar » Sun May 09, 2021 10:06 am

The one in the HAS also had no modex or star and bar on the nose so definitely an F-35A. I tried to read the serial off the nose gear door last Friday but sadly too much haze. Also the red CAGbird was on the line at the same time.

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