Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Note on the F-35C

I found out that the F-35C, the carrier version of the Joint Strike Fighter is not equipped with an INTEGRAL boarding ladder. And this aircraft is going to sea. Aboard ship, where space is at a premium. Not an intelligent move.
I have a friend who is with Lockheed Martin, the prime airframe contractor. He informed me that both the OSHA and NAVOSH were directly involved in this part of the design. These two agencies determined that there was a requirement for a ladder that allowed for both hands to be on the sides. Sort of like the boarding ladders on most Air Force tactical aircraft. Exception being the A-10.
Boarding ladders like we use on the F-16 are cumbersome, ungainly and at times a hazard themselves. Guess what gave me a hernia in September?
I understand that the AF operates from large land facilities and has the logistical assets to allow excessive support equipment. That is how they operate. Kind of complicated at times.
In Naval Air, simplicity was a key element of the process. Seems now that concept has been tossed into the shitcan.
See, I do let my service have it when I determine that a dressing down is necessary.
Because stupid has no boundaries and does not play favourites.
Somewhere is a Naval Aviator Flag Officer in serious need of being canned.

2 comments:

Buck said...

Umm... one of Lex's frequent commenters (Spaz Sinbad, methinks) recently posted a link to a drawing of an F-35 WITH on-board boarding ladder; someone else posted a link to a pic of same. Did you see that post?

ORPO1 said...

The A and B prototypes have them. There is the access clearly visible. But even the C has the structural similarities. But my friend at Lockheed Martin says the C will not have an integral boarding ladder.

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