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British F-35 fighter " crash "
« on: November 17, 2021, 03:33:52 PM »
Don`t shoot the messenger, but it seems a British F-35 has come down in the Mediterranean. The pilot has been safely returned to the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

As to if it actually crashed, or had some in flight failure is currently unknown, doubtless the UK Media will have a field day with this, and ask all the wrong and stupid questions. ::)

Sadly the beeb don`t have a Reg Turnhill or a Raymond Baxter, or even Christopher Wain anymore.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59323895
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Re: British F-35 fighter " crash "
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2021, 04:59:08 PM »
Glad to hear pilot is safe.

No doubt the BBC will show footage of a Tornado.

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Re: British F-35 fighter " crash "
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2021, 08:23:37 PM »
Hope they have a fully comp policy on it!

This, rather than any specific tech or performance problem is the real issue with operating the F-35, it's frighteningly expensive, to the extent that nations with small fleets may be unwilling to deploy them, or at least deploy them first, when needed. 
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Re: British F-35 fighter " crash "
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2021, 10:30:50 PM »
Some UK media reports suggesting some sort of " red plastic cover " was not removed before flight, and the aircraft came down shortly after take-off.
Which leads to the question, why was this item not removed, and why was it not noticed in the pre-flight checks and walk around ?
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Re: British F-35 fighter " crash "
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2021, 12:54:04 AM »
Rain cover is being touted by the daily mail. Not too sure how legit this is, all the basis for it is that a red thing was seen floating afterwards

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2021, 11:40:27 AM »
If true, someone's career in the Andrew is about to take an interesting turn.
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Re: British F-35 fighter " crash "
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2021, 02:40:53 PM »
Strange how the video is recorded from a monitor, could be fake I suppose, quality isn`t great ie extreme glare, which is a bit suspect for a new state of the art ship.


It could very well be a photoshop job, I am not entirely convinced. Some P45`s will be handed out I am sure.