Good to know that our air superiority fighter is g-limited. What a great thing obama did canceling the 22.Pilots being equal F-16 beats F-18, as far as the F-15, they are so old and G limited their tails might fall off.
If they can't solve the engine problem it's not going to be a good replacement for anyone.
One would think that P&W has learned how to build a MIL engine by now. Apparently not.http://www.dodbuzz.com/2014/09/15/bo...4235793&rank=7
"The U.S. Defense Department official in charge of the F-35 fighter jet program said he hopes to have a fix in place for a defective engine part by the end of the year."
"We're hoping before the end of the year, we'll have at least the prototype," he told reporters after a presentation on the acquisition program." If the prototype works, we'll put that in."
"Three weeks before the F-35A conventional Air Force model aircraft caught fire during takeoff June 23 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, it was flown in a manner designed to test the performance of its g-force, roll and yaw within designed limits known as the flight envelope."
"While the maneuver only last two seconds or so, it triggered an unexpectedly high level of rubbing between the titanium blade in the fan section of the F135 engine and the polyamide. The metal reached temperatures of as high as 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit ? compared to the normal level of about 1,000 degrees ? and resulted in micro-cracking."