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F35, short trip

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good thing the Martin-Baker BRS on roids' still works, although with some controversy, vis a vis the F35. (www.zerohedge.com) עוד...

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skylane777
John Nichols 2
Hmmm.. Saltwater may be the least of the worries. Aircraft have been run over by their carrier before, and the results are seldom pretty. Then there are the screws at high rpm maintaining forward velocity to contend with....

Not a fan of the jet, but one hates to see any land bird get wet.
coinflyer
coinflyer 2
The pilot ejected instantly with absolutely perfect timing. It was obvious well before reaching the edge that this plane was not going to fly. So that begs the question: was this deliberate? If not, what could have prevented the pilot from simply shutting down and hitting the brakes? This is just too weird...
ADXbear
ADXbear 1
Woooowee, big $$$$$
augerin
Dave Mathes 1
....only a hundred million plus...
JMARTINSON
JMARTINSON 1
Nice security, Royal Navy.
gdoggett
Gary Doggett 1
and there goes $115 million.
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez 1
The recovery of the aircraft is likely already under way or done. Nobody is just going to let that much money rot on the seafloor. Flush with distilled water for days and start working on it.
user3956
user3956 1
While I think a big factor is the depth of water in the location that this happened, "Flush with distilled water for days and start working on it"... does that really work with aircraft?
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez 1
Yes. A careless pilot once dunked the front end of a WW2 Catalina amphib aircraft with the nosewheel door open in Puerto Rico and flooded the cockpit and about a third of the fuselage with salt water. The aircraft was dragged out, towed to land and then flushed for days with clean water. Eventually it flew out of the place where it was fixed and was sold.
user3956
user3956 1
Interesting, well I hope they can recover this bird!
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez 1
Pretty sure they will, even if just to cannibalize the airframe for anything that is usable.
JMARTINSON
JMARTINSON 1
They will, but mostly so someone else doesn't. That, and to help make sure whatever happened doesn't happen again.
JMARTINSON
JMARTINSON 1
The 707 fished out of San Francisco Bay that was repaired and eventually returned to service might be a better example (JAL flight 2). However "better" in a water-damage context is still nowhere close to valid, because a Catalina or a 707 compared to an F-35 is like comparing a tricycle to a Tesla.


jbqwik
jbqwik 1
Oops. 'There goes another rubber tree plant' (song High Hopes)
ElliotCannon
Elliot Cannon 0
This POS (when finished) is scheduled to be the most expensive weapons system in the world.
user3956
user3956 1
POS is a little strong don't you think?
augerin
Dave Mathes 0
....that makes it even more fun to watch that botched belly flop.....
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez 0
That looks like someone forgot to set the parking brake.

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