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F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Dragon029 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:03 pm

http://www.defensenews.com/article/2014 ... h-Air-Show

If we have any Brits here or Europeans heading there; note though that it won't be doing any acrobatics due to test-program imposed limits. If they do what they did in the US though they'll at least perform a hover in front of the crowd though.
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Doggeh1 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:06 pm

It's going to RIAT as well :D Is this the first time it's performing out of the U.S?
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Scarecrow » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:15 pm

It will be, and likely is on Lockheed Martin's dime.

We've yet to even see much of it at any events in the United States. With 2013 being a huge blow without any military participation, and 2014 still being very limited to the jet teams, it's a bit concerning seeing it being taken other places to fly besides here. Of course, being on Lockheed's dime they are wanting to take it overseas to further demonstrate it, as the F-35 will be quite the commodity to sell as we all know to various nations.

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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Doggeh1 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:19 pm

Exactly how many nations are planning to buy the F-35? Of course, all the nations that are building it will, but are any other nations outside of that bracket planning on ordering any?
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Nath » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:31 pm

According to the Internet, the current Operators are:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • USA
At the moment, the F-35 ain't coming to RAF Waddington :(
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Doggeh1 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:46 pm

Ah, I see, so the only nation that is not building it but operating it is Australia. Thank you :lol:
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Dragon029 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:07 am

Many nations won't be building the F-35; they'll be primarily built within the US, with parts being sent in from around the world; if you count parts, then note too that Australia is also involved in producing components for the F-35, and there's talk that we may end up getting to house a maintenance hub (which would mean that broken F-35 parts from Japanese, South Korean, possibly Taiwanese and Singaporean, etc F-35s would come to Australia. That said, Japan is another possible maintenance hub).
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Doggeh1 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:09 pm

Ah, I see, have Australia received any that they've ordered? I know the RAF did in November.
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by CalvT » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:14 pm

As far as I know, the Australian F-35 start arriving in 2018 - a little way ahead yet! The first squadron operational in 2021, with the others operational by 2023.
Australia has so far ordered 72 F-35As
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Re: F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

Post by Dragon029 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:59 am

Australia has 2 F-35A's that are currently in construction and will be completed later this year; they however will stay within the US and we will send pilots, etc over there to train how to use it.

After those 2, we will continue to have 14 produced by 2018, by which point all of our F-35's will come to Australia. They will continue to be used purely for training purposes until 2020, at which point we should have roughly 20-30 F-35A's; enough to have 3 SQN switch entirely from F/A-18A's to F-35A's.

From 2020 to 2030, the remainder of our 72 F-35A's will arrive (assuming production hits the expected rates) and we will finish retiring our Hornets and replacing them with F-35As.

In 2018 [subject to change] there will also be a decision made whether to order an addition 28 F-35A's to bring our fleet up to 100 aircraft, and to form a 4th squadron, that will be dedicated entirely to training; leaving 3, 75 and 77 SQN as dedicated operational squadrons.
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