Watch U.S. Navy F-35C Demo in Battle Creek, Michigan – Video footage shared online in July of last year demonstrates the extraordinary agility of the United States Navy’s F-35C fighter planes, as well as the expertise and skill of the pilots. The video offers a close-up view of the F-35C demo at the Battle Creek, Michigan, airshow held this summer.
The six-minute video shows the pilot performing a number of different maneuvers before landing at the airstrip.
The video was also published in honor of Chris Darnell, a Shockwave Jet Truck driver who died as a result of an accident that occurred during the event.
“On a more serious note, today was day one for the airshow, and was cut short by a major accident from the Shockwave Jet Truck. Sadly, the driver Chris Darnell passed away. Sending all the love and prayers to the Darnell family for such a tragic loss. Let’s give him some good ole’ American fighter power in his honor. Rest in Peace, Chris..” the Lepp Aviation YouTube account said in the video description.
More on the F-35C
The F-35C Lightning II is a fighter plane used by the United States Navy and designed for catapult-assisted take-off. The variant of the F-35 Lightning II has larger wings with foldable wingtips as well as large control surfaces that allow for improved control at lower speeds.
The larger wings also make it possible for the plane to land at lower speeds, ideal for landing on aircraft carriers.
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin describes it as the “first and world’s only long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for Navy carrier operations.”
Lockheed says that the configuration of the aircraft, its embedded sensors, weapons capacity, and internal fuel capacity mean that it has improved Very Low Observable stealth performance. The aircraft makes it easier for pilots to evade enemy detection and operate more effectively in “contested environments.”
Lockheed Promises Lower Costs for F-35 Development
In August of last year, Lockheed Martin announced that their portion of the F-35 cost per flying hour had fallen by 50% over the last seven years and that the costs are expected to go down by another 35% over the next five years.
In a briefing to defense reporters at the company’s Virginia office, vice president for F-35 sustainment Audrey Brady explained that the cost reductions only affect everything within Lockheed’s control and are a result of the company striking new long-term deals with parts suppliers.
Some of the cost reductions, Brady said, were also the result of improving materials used and reducing repair times.
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