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F-35 coding update

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EGVP
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F-35 coding update

Post by EGVP » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:52 am

Think this is where we're up to?

ZM135 001 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth
ZM136 002 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth
ZM137 137 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Jul 2019 RAF Marham
ZM138 004 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth
ZM139 139 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Jul 2019 RAF Marham
ZM140 --- Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II ln/ Feb 2019 RAF Marham
ZM141 007 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 RAF Marham
ZM142 --- Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 RAF Marham
ZM143 --- Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 RAF Marham
ZM144 010 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 RAF Marham
ZM145 011 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Nov 2019 RAF Marham
ZM146 012 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Nov 2019 RAF Marham
ZM147 --- Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Jul 2019 RAF Marham
ZM148 014 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth
ZM149 015 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth
ZM150 150 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Sept 2019 RAF Marham
ZM151 017 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth
ZM152 018 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II l/n Oct 2019 RAF Marham
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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by Tiger 1 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:31 pm

Hi EGVP

Great work... interesting and extremely helpfull. :thumb:

Thank you very much for posting this info.

T1

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by MiG_Eater » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:16 pm

It would be interesting to know where all these airframes are right now. Guessing only a few are properly 'based' at Marham?

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by MRTT » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:22 pm

3 are onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by EGVP » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:32 pm

MiG_Eater wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:16 pm
It would be interesting to know where all these airframes are right now. Guessing only a few are properly 'based' at Marham?
Updated accordingly.
MRTT wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:22 pm
3 are onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Four on the QE.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by MRTT » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:35 pm

So there are, my apologies.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by MiG_Eater » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:13 pm

Thanks - very good to know!

Presumably the ones at Edwards will leave service after their development lives are over? Wonder if we could see one at a UK museum.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by Vulcanone » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:31 pm

They might be the oldest production airframes flying but I doubt they are likely going to be retiring in a hurry

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by Agent K » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:53 am

MiG_Eater wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:13 pm
Thanks - very good to know!

Presumably the ones at Edwards will leave service after their development lives are over? Wonder if we could see one at a UK museum.
They're production (rather than development) airframes so will stay in service as long as the rest I'd imagine. Not sure if in time 17 will relocate to the UK, or stay at Edwards ?

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by eyesinthesky » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:14 am

Noted flying today 18Oct were ZM144/010 & ZM145/011, both had nose & tail code with lightning bolt markings. ZM144/010 is an update to the list.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by EGVP » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:02 pm

Updated, thanks.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by two1938 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:49 pm

what is the reg of the F35 coded 016

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by F4JPhantomII » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:09 pm

two1938 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:49 pm
what is the reg of the F35 coded 016
I haven't seen it but it should be ZM150.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by BP2324 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:10 pm

016 should be ZM150 if they keep to sequence. i.e. ZM149 is '15' & ZM151 is '17'

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by EGVP » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:09 pm

You are both likely to be correct, however I shall leave the list "as-is" until someone visually/photographically confirms it.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by TeeJay » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:48 am

[/quote]They're production (rather than development) airframes so will stay in service as long as the rest I'd imagine. Not sure if in time 17 will relocate to the UK, or stay at Edwards ?
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We were told by 617sq CO John Butcher that 17 was very unlikely to move to U.K. but will stay at Edwards. As U.K. doesn’t have any ranges big enough to do the kind of testing they need to do on F35.

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by Vulcanone » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:41 am

17 Sqn will stay over there. But an airframe swop over may well happen and they might get newer Block airframes at some point.

But then again...???

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by EGVP » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:02 am

ZM136/002 confirmed today on the QE, can't ID the other aircraft but it's presumably ZM135!

https://twitter.com/HMSQNLZ/status/1187117117444886528

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by two1938 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:17 pm

Saw it on deck of carrier coded 016

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Re: F-35 coding update

Post by Vulcanone » Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:26 pm

Are you sure its ZM150 ?

As far as I am aware its still only 3 that flew to the other side of the Atlantic

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