The Navy gave limited access to the USS Zumwalt to reporters last week, during the stealthy ship's first port stop in Newport, Rhode Island. The Zumwalt is currently underway from it's birthplace in Maine to Baltimore, Maryland, where it is scheduled to be commissioned in October.
In a move that is both very prudent and quite late, Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary Of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, has ordered that the US Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier - the USS Gerald Ford - undergo an independent review to determine the future of some of the Ford's most advanced technology.
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous working environments in all of the military. The close quarters of aircraft, sailors, and equipment; the pitching and rolling flight deck; turning rotors and jet engines; and aircraft launching at recovering at a couple hundred miles an hour all make for an unforgiving workplace!
This makes the sailors who work day-in-and-day-out in this environment some of the best and watching the ballet that is flight operations on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is awesome!
Coming just a few days after the Air Force declared its F-35A cleared for limited operations, the Pentagon's top tester expressed doubt about the aircraft.
Bad news about the F-35's combat capabilities, development, and its cost is nothing new. We've already reported on several bumps in the road for the fighter, including its dogfight with an F-16, potentially dangerous ejection seat, limited arsenal, and more!.
However, it's not all bad news - the F-35's stealthy external gun pod, which will be carried on the Marine Corp's F-35B and the Navy's F-35C, has finally been tested!
The dangers of Naval Aviation are many, and one of the biggest is probably landing aboard the carrier.
We've shown dicey carrier landings before. One of the most notable is probably this landing from a VFA-115 Cruise Video (starting at 1:50), but this new landing, taken from flight-deck and superstructure footage aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, may take the cake.
The first F-35B delivered to the British Royal Air Force was joined by two USMC F-35Bs at the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically.
The Navy, Marines, and the Blue Angels have been in mourning over the past few days following the loss of Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss, pilot of the #6 Opposing Solo jet during a demonstration training flight.
In a touching display of aerial camaraderie, the #5 and #6 Blue Angels flew one last formation together, with Captain Kuss's body being carried in the Blue Angels C-130 transport "Fat Albert".
Late last month the VFA-115 Eagles released a 6-minute teaser for their 2015 West Pacific deployment.
Flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, this cruise video shows just about every aspect of their work! Low level (over land and sea), dogfights, ground attack, formation flying, low-level flybys, and even some gun camera and news footage about their deployment.