F35 JSF Go For Carriers – Probably

May 19th, 2010 in Current Events by Frank Chadwick

The F35B Joint Strike Fighter has been tagged for USMC service and would operate from carriers, including light carriers currently flying Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Harriers. There have been some concerns that the vectored thruster exhaust for the F35B was so hot it would melt the flight deck, or at least cause some distortions and accelerated wear.

Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway recently put those fears to rest. F35B’s exhaust temperature is about 1500 degrees, which is plenty ht, but it’s only 18 degrees hotter than the Harrier, so won’t cause any problems for vessels currently carrying the older aircraft.

Here’s a link to an article in DOD Buzz.

About the Author: The major landmarks in Frank's historical interests range from ancient Persia through the Crimean War, World War II, and the modern U.S. Armed Forces, with a lot of stops in between. Frank is fascinated by the unusual, the overlooked, and the surprising. He is the New York Times number one best-selling author of the Desert Shield Fact Book (1991) and he is currently writing an historical novel on Alexander's conquest of Persia – from the Persian point of view.

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