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Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossingCool photographs of a historic achievement. On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight. It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the… (theaviationist.com) More...
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I was a boom operator on a kc 135. The reason it refueled so many times is so it always has enough fuel to reach an airfield in case of emergency no matter what the position is over the ocean. It is not a reflection of the distance it can travel without refueling.
With a single engine, we'd hope that emergency did not involve the engine or it becomes one big, expensive lawn dart....
As the Italians seem to be able to get F-35s built perhaps Blair should have given them the cash instead of to his buddy Bush!
Look at that ladder in the last picture. Can you make it any more complicated? No wonder that thing is so expensive.
Yes, that is a $1M ladder
Too bad it's such an incredible piece of shit...