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Video: F-35C Joint Strike Fighter Makes Rainy Day Landing on Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

The following is an Oct. 2, 2015 U.S. Navy video of two Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) landing on aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).

  • Curtis Conway

    There was a suggestion that the testing might be delayed due to weather. I immediately remembered the peacetime flight operations routine when all weather aircraft were flown by fair weather pilots. This is the most sophisticated and capable aviation combat system on the face of the planet, and after this much development time and money . . . it better act like it. Happily it is so far.

  • publius_maximus_III

    Couldn’t tell, did they snag the middle cable?

    • Curtis Conway

      Think so. Haven’t seen the report. The F-35 has a habit of doing that. I actually watched the landing in tears . . . THAT’S MY Navy at work!

    • CharleyA

      Looks like the middle / #2 wire.

      It seems they flew out to the boat early to miss some of the predicted weather that sortied the Norfolk based fleet earlier. Overcast and showers, but fair viz and OK ceilings in the vids. Lots of complex weather off the Mid-Atlantic over the weekend, and note that the European wx model – the outlier early in the week – turned out to be the most accurate. Once again. Note to Congress: fund the new supercomputers for NOAA.

  • Hugh

    Now it’s to this stage, how does the F-35C actually compare to the current USN carrier aircraft in all aspects?