Thursday, May 29, 2014

F-35 Take Off ... (FAKE?)

Facebook Comment:

"This guy clearly has brass and you know the sailors on the flight deck had a cow when they saw this unfold in front of them. Intentional? Hardly!
This is unbelievable!
F-35 unintentional loop at takeoff a real "check your laundry" event.
A supremely well-trained US Navy pilot, ice running in his veins instead of blood, fully regains control of his $70 million, F-35 joint strike force fighter, after a problematic vertical take-off attempt... Watch as the rear vertical thruster fires to cause the problem.
There's nothing about this the pilot enjoys. If he could have ejected at 100' upside down and lived, he would have. Looks like the afterburner kicks in while still vectored for vertical takeoff. Lockheed would call this a "software malfunction" and do a little more "regressive testing". This is a good demonstration of power-to-weight ratio of this aircraft! And talk about stability control... wow!
If he didn't come out of the loop wings-level, it probably would have been bad news; maybe taking some of the carrier with him!
Add to this flying through your own exhaust, which can lead to equipment malfunctions, as in "flame out". The F-35 is single engine aircraft with vertical takeoff/landing capability, but it has the aerodynamics of a Steinway piano at zero airspeed. This is the most unbelievable piece of flying you will ever see in your life.
This guy's coolness saved a 70 million-dollar aircraft! On the other hand, he might not have had time to react to anything except just ride it.
I bet you'll watch it at least 2 times!"

FAKE ? You be the Judge.

Part of a comment sent to me:
"That video clip is not actual footage. It is a video game.
Battlefield 3 to be exact. This carrier is stationed off of the Kharg Island map.
I should know, I have played this game for over 3 years now.

Look around.....
There are no support personnel...
There is no support equipment....
The environment is completely static around the aircraft....
And if that wasn't enough - when the plane rotates through its loop, the player ID tag rotates in tandem with the aircraft.
Yet people still believe that this is real."

My apologizes To anyone this footage my have fooled.
Hell, it fooled the crap out of me. I still enjoy it
every time I watch it. This was the fourth time it
was sent to me, so I posted it as being real. My reader,
that emailed me, was quite upset with me. Sorry Guy,
I just try and bring people joy, and this time I may
have goofed a bit. 


  1. I sat slack-jawed with a mouthful of grits watching that and, yes, I watched it two times. No, I lied. I watched it four times.

    Our military is just too awesome for words.

  2. Curmudgeon, Well girl we may have been both fooled. Someone emailed me this was fake. Hell, it was sent to me four times as being real. I thought everything on the internet was real ... LOL.

  3. Who cares if it's real or not, it's awesome.

    Have a terrific day Odie. ☺

  4. It's not a fake. I was that pilot. The DoD has been spreading the rumor that it's fake so as not to discourage pilots with lesser abilities. We Photoshopped out the support personnel.

    I'm sure you can understand that!

  5. I'm no expert so I didn't know. My first thought was that it was a Harrier the way it went straight up.
    Then I kept reading and realized what it was.

    Way to freak us all out, Woodsterman (Odie).

  6. ha good one Woodsy!!! Have a terrific weekend!!:)

  7. Proof, thanks for clearing that up, Ace.

  8. Fooled me and I've seen some strange things on the flight deck!

  9. Ron, I've never been on one and I was fooled. Does that make sense?

  10. I've seen some strange things on a flight deck too, but that does look fake to me ! Looks badass though !


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