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.
GoPro and other small high-def cameras have really upped the quality of squadron and deployment videos over the past few years, but its worth noting that it wasn't always like that.
Here's a squadron video from the mid-80's from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2), and while it's not nearly as full of cockpit and aviation footage as today's videos, it's still a pretty great way to spend 4 minutes!
The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring.
It seems like a new (and increasingly awesome) Navy aviation video is released every week or two, and this one is no exception!
Bitchin' Betty - the voice in an aircraft's cockpit that informs them of a serious or potentially life-threatening situation - is something that all pilots are familiar with. The woman responsible for the F/A-18 Hornet's Bitchin' Betty, Leslie Shook, recently announced her retirement from Boeing.
As a farewell gift for many years of service, Boeing put together this short tribute video:
Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr., a member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6, received the military's highest award February 29th, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.