Kaizer wrote: Shyster wrote:
tifosi77 wrote:It's a new week............ so that means it's time for a new F-35 grounding!
Wow. To call that aircraft a pile of feces is an insult to perfectly nice piles of feces.
just get it over with, send our defense programs the way of NASA and start buying Rafales.
It's a great aircraft that can outperform all variants of the Hornet, and is already navalized and has trapped aboard a U.S. boat. (As seen here)
(Hook's not down in the shot, so it's just a touch-and-go. But trust me, they've landed on U.S. carriers in the past during joint exercises.)
However, as you can see from the picture, it's delta wing requires a pretty high angle-of-attack (AOA, or alpha) in landing configuration. That makes spotting the deck and meatball kind of tricksy, and not something I'd want to do in the soup. But it would be appropriate for the USAF.
It's a shame the Marines rely so much upon LHAs in the fleet, cos that's pretty much the only place where Harrier's need to use VTOL/STOVL regularly. Otherwise, a conventional aircraft would be completely appropriate for their needs as well.