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Damaged F-35 likely to be stripped for parts

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posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:29 PM
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The F-35A that was damaged in a takeoff fire last year in Florida appears destined for the parts bin and scrapping. Total damage estimate is upwards of $50M, with pretty much everything behind the cockpit burned.

The final cause was determined to be a failed rotator arm that cut through a fuel tank, fuel lines, and hydraulic lines that subsequently ignited burning the aft 2/3rds of the aircraft.

m.aviationweek.com...
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posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:34 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58
JEEZ LOUISE! Fifty Millllllllllllion Dollars!



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:37 PM
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a reply to: Spader

The cockpit and nose is all that was left undamaged.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:41 PM
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Are they going to recycle that?

"Hey, you know you got the cockpit from that jet that totally burned up down in Florida, right? I'm sure it's not going to bring you bad luck or anything..."



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:51 PM
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a reply to: MystikMushroom

Wouldn't be the first time. There was a single SR-71C that was put together using a YF-12 and SR-71 static test aircraft after an SR-71B was lost In an accident.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:52 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Holy crap! I was going to ask the cost of that mess... but Spader made sure that one hit me in the pants! And naturally Mystik would ensure a crotch flaming burn!This aircraft has no room to spare...

Ouch!

Let me rephrase! F###ing ouch!



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:55 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: MystikMushroom

Wouldn't be the first time. There was a single SR-71C that was put together using a YF-12 and SR-71 static test aircraft after an SR-71B was lost In an accident.


Care to start a thread on that?

I've already been kicked hard today... dare teach a lesson?

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posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:55 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

I'm sure it's been mentioned in a few threads already.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 06:59 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bigburgh

I'm sure it's been mentioned in a few threads already.


Actually I'm sure you did... because it comes as no surprise...

Let me dig... I'm positive you brought it up!



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 07:02 PM
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Found.. it's in the purge pile.. but its there. Damn sir. You're on the ball...
I got some reading to do.


I have it tagged with the drone crashes...
The SR-71 had a drone.... bla bla yes you know the story....
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posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 07:03 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

That's a big waste of money.

how much is each bird cost?

100 mil with no engine?



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 07:07 PM
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a reply to: grey580

The last build was $108M. Accidents happen. That's one point of testing, to determine where problems are. It's an expensive way to find a problem, but better found now rather than later.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 08:22 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

How much are they going to be able to get out of it to reuse?



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 08:33 PM
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a reply to: Sremmos80

Quite a bit it sounds like. The aft fuselage is pretty much destroyed, but from the sound of things they'll be able to get a lot out of the forward portion, and the cockpit area and nose are pretty much undamaged.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 08:42 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Not to bad then, not a complete loss.

I haven't seen the cost break down of a F-35 but I imagine the guts of the cockpit are a pretty penny.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 08:47 PM
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a reply to: Sremmos80

There are some expensive bits in the nose including the cockpit. At worst those will go into the parts locker.



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 08:48 PM
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originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: Zaphod58

Not to bad then, not a complete loss.

I haven't seen the cost break down of a F-35 but I imagine the guts of the cockpit are a pretty penny.


Bruce Jenner and more! Sorry Zaphod58..I'll shut my beak....

Swear to god I love your threads!



posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 11:44 PM
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OP link blocked by paywall/login for me.

Just spotted this over on Foxtrot Alpha and came to make a thread. Shoulda known you'd already have one.

We Finally Get Our First Look At The Barbecued F-35 Nearly A Year Later

Best comment over there:


If it says Pratt and Whitney on the engine, it damn well better say Martin baker on the ejection seat.

-Tomcat pilot.

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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 03:20 AM
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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 06:46 AM
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Most likely the cockpit will be turned into a simulator or procedures trainer.



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