Here’s a photo from Forth Worth this afternoon, where Lockheed Martin rolled out its first F-35C, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. That’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead at the podium.
Here’s a little background info. The F-35C will undergo some test flights up at Pax River in Maryland later this year, and the first carrier landing is scheduled for Spring of 2011.
I know naval aviation started out with single engine aircraft, but what are the thoughts of moving back to single engine aircraft after having so many dual engine models? I know for the longest time the Navy was pushing for a dual engine variant of the JSF to allow for that extra safety measure to get a damaged aircraft back to the ship.
Maybe reading the False Claims Act lawsuit contending the aircraft is unsafe might prove useful