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Japan Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet
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Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that the air force would suspend flights of its remaining F-35As for the time being following the plane’s disappearance, Kyodo has reported.

F-35 Fighter Jet Disappears From Radar over the Pacific Ocean during a training mission, according to local reports. Radio contact has also reportedly been lost with the plane.

https://fighterjetsworld.com/latest-news...7XKGFLmbaY
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(04-09-2019, 12:21 PM)Red Auroras Wrote: Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that the air force would suspend flights of its remaining F-35As for the time being following the plane’s disappearance, Kyodo has reported.

F-35 Fighter Jet Disappears From Radar over the Pacific Ocean during a training mission, according to local reports. Radio contact has also reportedly been lost with the plane.

https://fighterjetsworld.com/latest-news...7XKGFLmbaY

Godzilla, yet again?

Damn that monster!
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I'm surprised there weren't other aircraft in the area of the disappearance. I hope the pilot is recovered safely
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This is my theory...

they are trying to systematically ruin our companies that provide us with war materials....drive the stock down and force US to save them...or steal the company out right....

I don't trust the JAPS to turn on us and join China...

they wanted and F-35 and thought Turkey was going to give it to them....Instead I say they just flew one to them... and acted as If the crash happened....

I don't trust them.....and why cant we fix the fucking thing....if we can cancel the fucking contract and work on a new plane to buy....
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What a great way to sell another F-35!

Marvelous marketing plan!
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wtf, I just googled the F-35A, it's only a one engine fighter jet ?

I'm a ground-combat machinery aficionado. I know fuck all when it comes to planes. Because I'm scared shitless to fly Hiding3
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(04-09-2019, 12:44 PM)Winter Steelheader Wrote: wtf,  I just googled the F-35A, it's only a one engine fighter jet ?

I'm a ground-combat machinery aficionado. I know fuck all when it comes to planes. Because I'm scared shitless to fly  Hiding3

Flying in small planes is wonderful fun! Mind you, the door may come open in flight or the wings may ice up, but hey, that makes life worth living!
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(04-09-2019, 12:44 PM)Winter Steelheader Wrote: wtf,  I just googled the F-35A, it's only a one engine fighter jet ?

I'm a ground-combat machinery aficionado. I know fuck all when it comes to planes. Because I'm scared shitless to fly  Hiding3

Which is a damned good point WS. That's the same exact argument the USAF pilots made to keep their A-10's in Fairbanks vs transition to the F-16. At least they might be able to limp home if one engine sh!t the bed. That's some rough terrain to get stuck in...even if you're intact after ejection.
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(04-09-2019, 12:49 PM)Lobster Boy Wrote: Flying in small planes is wonderful fun! Mind you, the door may come open in flight or the wings may ice up, but hey, that makes life worth living!

Pffft...that's why you strap in. I've shoved a few SAR kits out on the 3rd "now" up in Alaska wearing a gumby suit and parachute. Oh...and strapped in with a gun belt.
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U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea
by Jesse Johnson
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Apr 9, 2019
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In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast.
Filipino fishermen near the site known as the Scarborough Shoal initially spotted what appeared to be the massive U.S. vessel on Tuesday, according to ABS-CBN News. It said planes were seen landing and taking off from the ship, some 5 km (3 miles) away from the fishermen’s boat. A video clip shown by the news network appeared to corroborate their account.


Contacted by The Japan Times, a U.S. military spokeswoman would not confirm or deny the Wasp’s presence near the collection of outcroppings that barely jut out above water at high tide, citing “force protection and security.” However, the spokeswoman did confirm that the Wasp “has been training with Philippine Navy ships in Subic Bay and in international waters of the South China Sea … for several days.”
Scarborough Shoal, which is also claimed by Taiwan, is regarded as a potential powder keg in the strategic waterway. It was seized by Beijing in 2012 after an extended standoff with Manila. China later effectively blockaded the lagoon, which is rich in fish stocks, and routinely dispatches scores of fishing vessels and government-backed “maritime militia” ships to the area to continue its de facto blockade.
The Wasp was taking part in the annual Balikatan U.S.-Philippine military training exercise “that focuses on maritime security and amphibious capabilities, as well as multinational interoperability through military exchanges,” said U.S. Marine Corps Second Lt. Tori Sharpe, a spokeswoman for the exercises, adding that the exercises were “unrelated to current events.”
Still, beyond the location of the exercises, the Wasp’s presence alone in the South China Sea was likely to draw Beijing’s attention since this year’s Balikatan exercise was the first to incorporate the Wasp paired with the U.S. Marines Corps’ cutting-edge F-35B Lightning II stealth aircraft. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the aircraft.
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