This is what really happens when you "slow your roll"
Well thank God he is still with us! That’s all I can say.
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So glad the pilot is ok. That plane is likely in one piece and largely intact. They must find it.
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not if the ship was in motion and it likely was...
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Look where the chute lands. Doesn’t look like their doing more than 1-3kts. If that.
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No way it was going that slow, that’s just not how you launch aircaft
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With a VTOL it doesn’t matter.
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most VTOL aircraft barely have enough power to vertically take off and land empty. This was true of the Harrier and I believe still holds true for the F-35. also it's more fuel efficient to do a short take off and landing which is why most non US carriers have jump ramps.
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You are correct the 35B only can use vtol short distances to move to another location where it can do a short takeoff. It can’t actually transition to forward flight from vtol, the harrier could but like you said couldn’t carry much
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ok, I'm going to disagree with you here. an F-35 absolutely can transistion from horizontal to vertical flight and back again.. it's just VERY fuel consuming... and even worse with a weapons loadout...
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