Looks like an F-35B crashed today in South Carolina. First crash in the history of the aircraft, so I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.
Posted 28 September 2018 - 1741 PM
Posted 28 September 2018 - 1805 PM
Statistically the F-35 has still had less class A incidents and fatalities than the F-15/16/14/AV-8B at this stage of its development.
Posted 28 September 2018 - 1925 PM
Yet more proof it's a dog...
Seriously, as more green pilots get into the plane, crashes will increase. The AV-8A initially had a remarkably low accident rate as well, because of the highly experienced pilots flying it. When first-tour pilots got into them (against recommendation), the accident rate soared.
Edited by shep854, 28 September 2018 - 1928 PM.
Posted 29 September 2018 - 0313 AM
I was actually reading an account the other day of an RAF pilot flying a Harrier GR1 (pretty much identical to an AV8A) and he had an engine failure. He managed to dead stick it in from 30000 feet. I think the stall speed was reckoned to be about 215 knots.
I bet nobody ever tried THAT again.....
Posted 29 September 2018 - 0450 AM
I would have expected such an attempt resulting to 'dead stick'...
Posted 29 September 2018 - 0728 AM
The hydraulics depended on him keeping the speed up . I think he only just got away with it though.
Posted 29 September 2018 - 2116 PM
There's a story of an F-104 landing dead-stick. Keep cool, fly the numbers and it can be done--a long enough runway will be helpful as well. It would be similar to landing the space shuttle.
Posted 29 September 2018 - 2314 PM