Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yes We Can! (When Government Says We Can)

From an email circulating on the Internet:

This video is fresh (for the public). It was made just six weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News (Hampton Roads), Virginia .

These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL's and STO's in a three week period. The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard. Neither of which happened. You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates. That was an intentional part of the sea trials.

The USS Wasp is an amphibious assault ship designed to embark a Marine Expeditionary Unit. It is capable of simultaneously supporting rotary and fixed wing STOVL aircraft and amphibious landing craft operations. For this test deployment the USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoffs and vertical landings.

No catapult... No hook...

The shape and scope of warfare – worldwide – just changed.

Okay, but forget about warfare for a minute: That aircraft is amazing! Sure, we've had VTOL before, but watch the grace and precision with which this thing moves. This is what Americans can do when we put our minds to something. Imagine what we could accomplish if we didn't need so much government oppression approval and regulation for things to be "Made in USA".


  1. I love this. Years ago I worked as a private consultant to JPL in Pasadena. He knew everyone from Oppenheimer to Presidents. When I worked for him in 1984 he was 79 years old, and was still getting contracts to cost manned and unmanned spacecrafts mostly. His love though was VTOL, before there were any, and was always showing me the sketches of what they might look like.
    His other passion was remote controlled and armed helicopters and planes (before there were any). He had designed many and would explain how we could send them in either as help for a swat team or in combat. I use to look at him and think he was nuts...guess not!

    The technology that he use to talk about that I'm waiting for is on the freeway, there would be strips that your cars computer could read, so you'd get in a lane and the car would operate itself, slow down, speed up, so you could be on your I-Pad (which was not invented yet either)...

  2. If governments would get out of the way of mankind, mankind would show the way forward.

    Just sayin'



This is a moderated forum. Please try to avoid ad-hominem attacks and gratuitous profanity. Justifiable profanity may be tolerated.

I am sorry, but due to the un-manageable volume of spam comments, I have enabled the scrambled word verification. I apologize for the inconvenience.