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Marine and Navy pilots took first night flights in January

An F-35A fighter took off from Eglin Air Force Base on its first nighttime training mission late last month. Prior to this flight, the Air Force version of the advanced fighter was prohibited from operating at night or during adverse weather.
One of the issues which prohibited nighttime flights involved symbols displayed to the pilot that traditionally differ between the Air Force and Navy/Marines versions of aircraft. The Air Force has a different airworthiness authority, AFLCMC, than the NAVAIR standards already incorporated into the F-35 night systems.

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“Back in [training] the displays the pilots were looking at were confusing to Air Force pilots but not confusing to Navy and Marine Corps pilots because a lot of the symbology was of Navy origin," described Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan.
To get around this issue, the Air Force trained 15 pilots on simulators at Elgin and at the plant in Ft. Worth until the Air Force was sure its pilots were ready for night operations.
Despite the recent good news that South Korea chose the F-35 as its next generation fighter, there are still lingering fears that software delays could continue to set the program back.

Source: Defense News

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RE: bleh
By US56 on 4/3/2014 5:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
The F-86 provides a great example. They were known as LT-eaters, because of how difficult they were to fly. Back then, the USAF just kicked them out and it was literally sink or fly.

What an odd slander against one of the greatest combat aircraft in the history of aviation. Far from being difficult to fly, the F-86 was an easy transition for most pilots. The F-86 in general and the F-86A in particular are considered to be some of the best flying jets ever built. For sheer ease and joy of flying, few, if any, aircraft exceeded the F-86 until the introduction of the F-16. About the only other aircraft which could compare to a Sabre amongst the early generations of U.S. built jets might be the early variants of the A4D/A-4 Skyhawk which were given the nickname "Scooter" for a good reason.

RE: bleh
By inperfectdarkness on 4/4/2014 3:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
I stand corrected, that was the F-84 (and arguably the F-100). I stand by my point though about the USAF being more apt to pushing a new design out the door before being fully vetted. By the end of the 80's, the USAF had lost enough F-16's to accidents to outfit an entire WING.

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