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F-35B First Aerial Weapons Release

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On Aug. 8, an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft completed the program’s first aerial weapons release. The aircraft (BF-3) dropped an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition over an Atlantic test range from an internal weapons bay. Internal weapons carriage allows the F-35 to maintain a low-observable profile when combat loaded. The F-35B is a short take-off and vertical landing-capable fighter aircraft, designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps as well as defense partners in the United Kingdom and Italy.

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24 Comments

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    drbeekjeek
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    It was a test, fail

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    pencilpauli
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    But the UK government dropped a clanger when they ordered this turkey.
    Should have gone with the C variant

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    SylvanisFM
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    external hardpoints, fail.

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    densityduckk
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB!!

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    hockeyman506
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Flying with an open bay door and dropping an object from an aircraft has a pretty big impact on the aerodynamic profile of of the vehicle. And the drag and flow separation off the ordinance also messes with the ambient conditions.

    The test is a way to make sure all the mechanics are working properly, that the drop doesn't negatively impact the plane's flight profile, and to verify and validate the simulations and tests done on the ground.

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    Ctrot
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    If you are referring to the “Death & Taxes” chart I am thinking of it only shows discretionary spending (it says so right on the chart). Much/most of the spending I am referring to is under entitlement spending, IE it is mandatory to spend it by law. Such as: Student Loans, Social Security, Pell Grants, Unemployment, Medicare, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Welfare, Subsidized Housing, Food Stamps and others.

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    Mare Rožmanec
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I'm basing my opinion on Death&Taxes chart.

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    Denis Lara
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    5, 4, 3 ….. there goes another school

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    Hassan Chamoun
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    it's the first bomb released by the F-35

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    Quilyan
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I hate sounding like a jerk but what is so spectacular about this video? I mean fighters have been dropping bombs for decades now, am i missing something here?

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    Ctrot
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Maybe in Slovenia but in the US we spend much more on welfare, food stamps, housing programs, education etc. than we do defense. US defense budget is less than $600 billion per year, US spending on poverty assistance is over $900 billion per year.

    But you probably wouldn't know that because of the propaganda you've been fed.

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    Mare Rožmanec
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    A lot less billions are spent in welfare and education than in warfare, and that is sad IMO

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    onlyhuman2121
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    STRAIGHT OUTA LOCKHEED!!!!

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    Ctrot
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Comparing spending to spending is comparing apples to oranges? How so, genius?

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    Jay's O'HareAviation Plane Spotting HD
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    uh… this is really no big deal. Aviation and military enthusiasts will like this though. If anything the average U.S. citizen would be thinking: what took you so long?

    Since I am an aviation geek, I do kinda think it's cool.

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    srugel44
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Comparing apples and oranges again. Genius.

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    Ctrot
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Much fewer than the billions wasted on the US welfare state.

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    Ctrot
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Aerodynamics.

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    Moti Gabay
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    what is the big deal?

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    82ndairborne100
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    That's not all we are paying for, each one isn't a billion dollars. We are paying for service to 2050's STOVL/VTOL ability, its supreme radar, stealth, amazing sensors, computers and more.

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    srugel44
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    So it cost how many billions of dollars to bring us the startling futuristic ability to drop something out of a bomb bay?

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    Wawaweewaj
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    its pointed that way so that the missile can have a better angle in the even of a dogfight.

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    WhiteWhale
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Not sure if its just a trick of perspective but does anyone know why the missile hardpoint on the wing is pointing down slightly?

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    0Tanaka0
    July 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Epic.

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