The first international F-35 Lightning II rolls out of the factory on Nov. 20, 2011. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests.
BK-1 will be delivered in 2012 except of course, it’s the B model, not the C model we have now settled on after many years of saying the B model was the preferred option.
Those contract clauses are a bitch aren’t they?
We should also get ready for the next delivery, because that’s going to be a B model as well but it is ‘hoped’ that the final of our three development aircraft will be the CATOBAR C model.
I wonder what will happen to the first 2 after we have finished doing the testing, anyone know?
Of course, everyone is putting a brave face on, the first 2 of our development aircraft, in completely the wrong configuration, will be used for system testing.
Can anyone remind me how much commonality there is between the B and C model?
Anyway, here is a video of cute puppies to take everyone’s mind off it.