The F35B Sea Lightning

Couldn’t resist

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Meanwhile, in the sleepy village of High Wycombe

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AKM
AKM
February 4, 2015 6:56 pm

Like the Sea Buccaneer, the Sea Phantom, the Sea Scimitar and the Sea Swordfish… oh wait.

Alien Dave
Alien Dave
February 4, 2015 7:17 pm

But there’s always the Sea Harrier, Sea Fury and Seafire :)

Given the delays around the whole Naval Aviation programme though, maybe they should have named it the F-35 Wait ‘n’ Sea!

DW

Not a Boffin
Not a Boffin
February 4, 2015 7:56 pm

AW has not exactly been enhancing his reputation of late has he?

ChrisW
ChrisW
February 4, 2015 8:06 pm

I wonder what 617 Squadron think of that idea?

The Other Chris
February 4, 2015 8:10 pm

That’s one way to guarantee the FAA/RN will only ever get a handful of STOVL jets…

Silo mentality.

Ring fence your fleet.

Encourages the same behaviour in the RAF.

Risk both fleets longevity with future FE@R issues.

Don’t consider what a combined STOVL fleet with the RAF could achieve in terms of numbers.

Idiot.

mike
mike
February 4, 2015 8:45 pm

Well combined fleet means bigger pool of cash, logistics and more defence against the many eyes of the treasury, Sea Lightning? Why not ‘thunder snow’ ;) or ‘weather bomb’? Or ‘budget bomb’ x) Get more noise from such newspaper print :P

I would not slag A.West so much though, one of the last big names in HM forces to go down south, thus he would be more emotional regarding the need of the navy to have good air cover, more so than others especially since I believe, his ship was sunk in a rather nasty manner.

Tis the silly season for desperate pleas and newspaper articles.

Challenger
Challenger
February 4, 2015 8:51 pm

I agree ‘F35B Lightning 2’ would be a bit of mouthful but these things always get colloquially shortened.

Surely ‘Lightning FGR1’ or something like that is sufficient. Whatever it’s officially called it will almost certainly simply be called ‘Lightning’ by all involved anyway.

monkey
monkey
February 4, 2015 9:10 pm

The moniker Lightning compared to its forebears is a bit off really, the original Lockheed Lighting was one of the fastest prop planes of WW2 and the GE Lighting as we all know was a official record holder for a service aircraft. The F35B at max speed clean (full internal weapons load) Mach 1.6 is no slouch compared to the Sea Harrier but still. Before anyone jumps in I know speed isn’t everything and the F35B brings a lot else to the party.

WiseApe
February 4, 2015 9:28 pm

SLUF.

Senex
Senex
February 5, 2015 1:09 am

Wiseape … which SLUF did you have in mind? Steady level unaccelerated flight and/or short, little ugly fucker?

martin
Editor
February 5, 2015 6:56 am

Sea Lightening definitely, The RAF will s**t a brick :-)

dave haine
dave haine
February 5, 2015 9:44 am

From the rumour mill- It’s OFGWA (Oh Fxxk, Gone Wrong Again)…

Jeneral28
Jeneral28
February 5, 2015 10:50 am

Hurry propose disbanding the FAA and the AAC. One united Air Force controlled by crabs.

Alex
Alex
February 5, 2015 11:19 am

I thought it was already settled, and the name was Dave?

Observer
Observer
February 5, 2015 1:00 pm

Then would the program to fit the F-35B with British equipment be called “Here Thunder”?

unicorn77
unicorn77
February 5, 2015 1:33 pm

It was the USAF that named it.

Will sheward
Will sheward
February 5, 2015 2:34 pm

“I find it a real shame to be honest because surely he is an intelligent and resourceful person, ex 1SL for crying out loud. What went wrong?”

I think the type of intelligence and resourcefulness you need to be 1SL (political) is a lot different from that required not to sound like a pillock outside of the Westminster bubble.

WillS

as
as
February 5, 2015 6:02 pm

On a related point should the RAFs Boeing Globemaster III C-17A-ER be called the Globemaster C1 ?

WiseApe
February 5, 2015 6:23 pm

@Senex – The latter. I’m afraid I’m not sold on its looks.