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Lockheed Martin F-35

According to National Defense Science and Technology Information Network reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently consolidated at a press conference that, F-35B is facing a very serious test problems reported serious than expected, these problems may cause the aircraft structure and propulsion system re-design, further exacerbating their problems and cost growth problems of overweight, almost to an unacceptable level.

Department of Defense Joint Strike Fighter JSF flight test will be adjusted plan, F-35A and F-35C will be completed before the F-35B flight test. Gates stressed that if the F-35B of the problem in the next two years can not be resolved, it will cancel the project.

F-35B from the March 2010 test flight since the beginning, only completed in less than 10 vertical landing test, according to public information display, F-35B main problem is that auxiliary power intake valve, and the individual small problems, such as cooling fans, etc. .

На пресс-конференции министр обороны США Роберт Гейтс сообщил, что в ходе испытаний протитипа F-35B возникли серьезные проблемы связанные с двигателями, проблемыы могут повлечь за собой пересмотр устройства силового агрегата, что может привести к критичному увеличению веса машины. Роберт Гейтс подчеркнул, что если эта проблема не будет устранена в ближайшие два года, это приведет к отмене проекта.

F-35B проходит летные испытания с марта 2010 года, за время которых, по некоторым данным, было совершенно всего 10 тестовых полетов.

BF-4 FLT 7.  Endurance Flight.  Pilot David 'Doc' Nelson.
Public release approved John Kent 06_15_2010 BF-4 Flight 16.  Lt Col Matt Taylor flying on 17 July 2010. BF4 Flt 8 
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Approved for public release John Kent 06_08_2010 BF-04 6-4--2010 BF-3 Flight 54.  Envelope Expansion with nice sunset upon RTB. 18 Oct 2010. David Nelson is the pilot BF-3 Flight 14.  Lt Col Fred Schenk flying qualities mission on 24 March 2010. BF-3 Flight 16. Aerial Refueling from KC130 and RTB to PAX with base and local area on 01 April 2010. Lt Col Matt Kelly is the pilot. BF-2 flt 82 with LtCol Schenk as pilot. STO and VL from runway and pad; straight nose shot. Partial clouds. BF-1 Flight 78 (2 sorties).  Mode 4 and Mode 1 with Doors Open on 20 November 2010. Lt Col Fred Schenk is the pilot. BF-2 flt 79 with LtCol Schenk as pilot, STO, hover, and first VL. CF-1 flt 28 with LtCol Kelly as pilot, CTO. BF-2 flt 79 with LtCol Schenk as pilot, STO, hover, and first VL. CF-1 flt 28 with LtCol Kelly as pilot, CTO. BF-2 flight 79. Mode 4 STOVL. 06 January 2011. Lt Col Fred Schenk is the pilot. BF-2 flight 79. Mode 4 STOVL. 06 January 2011. Lt Col Fred Schenk is the pilot.