At the recent MAKS airshow, for the first time, journalists were allowed fairly close access to the T-50 while it was on the ground. The aircraft was
on the ground in the Zhukovsky flight test facility hangar. The aircraft is equipped with all aspect AESA, and L band radars.
It is dropped because there is no hydraulic pressure to the aircraft. We used to see that a lot with leading edge slats, where as soon as the
hydraulic pressure drops off there's nothing to hold them up and they fall. This is almost similar to when the Tomcats had the extendable portions on
the intakes for when the wings were swept back. In all the pictures with power applied, they are retracted.
ETA: They're articulated LEX/control surfaces.
edit on 9/3/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)
Takes up the whole windscreen!
Pft. Who needs to look out the windscreen? That's what IFR is for.
**ETA**: In another generation or so, you won't even have windscreens. It will be all IFR and external, flush-mount cameras displayed on screens
inside the cockpit. Some auto makers are doing away with external mirrors and using side-mounted cameras instead.
edit on 3-9-2013 by _BoneZ_ because: (no reason given)
The nose looks pretty similar to the F-35 imo... I'm excited about the leading edge flaps, it's good to see something a bit different on planes,
it'll be interesting to see if it makes a big difference to the performance
I believe that the rod coming out of the nose is the pitot tube, used to measure the pressure difference & then calculate the velocity. They stick
them there because that's where the airflow is least disrupted. I think. Don't quote me on this
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