ADF Serials Telegraph NewsNews for those interested in Australian Military Aircraft History and SerialsVolume 2: Issue1: 2012Message Starts:In this issue:Articles: A theory about 460 Sqn Lancaster Mk.III ND584 and AGLTThe Churchill Wing Offensive Operations Chapter 4Current AIR 6000 Timetable: where we want to beCurtiss Corner: P-40E A29-18Message Traffic Selections: Requests and answers for information completedMessage Board – Current topics F-111RetirementLast pilot Liberator A72-176New ChinooksThese boards can be accessed at: www.adf-messageboard.com.au/invboard/News BriefsooooRequest through Foreign Military Sales (USA) for pricing and delivery of a sixth C17A Transport for 36 Squadron RAAF for late 2012The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possiblesale of 17 SM-2 block IIIB standard warhead compatible telemetry missiles andassociated equipment to Australia. Under the estimated 46m foreign military sale,Australia will receive 17 SM-2 block IIIB standard warhead compatible telemetrymissiles, including AN/DKT-71 telemeters and related equipment. The missiles willbe used for anti-air warfare test firings during combat systems ship qualificationtrials for the Royal Australian Navy's three new air warfare destroyers, currentlyunder construction. The potential sale is to support Australia's efforts inpeacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan. RaytheonMissile Systems will be the prime contractor.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency in the US has notified Congress of apotential sale to Australia of MK-54 lightweight torpedoes. Under the 169m foreignmilitary sale, Australia will receive 200 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes, 179 MK 54Flight in Air Material Kits and 10 MK 54 Exercise Sections. The package also
includes 10 MK 54 Exercise Fuel Tanks, 10 MK 54 Dummy Torpedoes and 6 MK 54Ground Handling Torpedoes, support and test equipment, as well as spare and repairrelated parts. The MK 54 torpedo, an upgrade of the MK 46 torpedo, will beintegrated on the Lockheed/Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter. Raytheon IntegratedDefense Systems will be the prime contractor.oThe Australian Defence Force has taken delivery of the first order of 437 new CarlGustav 84mm guns and thermal sights, Defence Materiel minister Jason Clare hassaid. The new gun combined with the thermal sight provides increased firepower anda night-fighting capability for war-fighters, Clare added. The new lightweight, manportable weapon is used to penetrate walls, blow up bunkers and fire smoke-filledammunition to improve soldiers' visibility at night. The man-portable weapon systemwas selected by the Australian Defence Force in late 2009 for multipurpose serviceafter several evaluations and assessments. The Australian Defence MaterielOrganisation (DMO) has recently placed additional orders with Saab to provideammunition for the Carl Gustav M3 weapon system.oThe Australian Government will hand over four ex-Royal Australian Air Force(RAAF) Lockheed Martin-built C-130H Hercules aircraft to the Indonesian Air Forcelater this year, Indonesian defence ministry spokesman Brigadier General HartindAsrin revealed. Asrin added that the transfer will be in line with a memorandum ofunderstanding to be signed in February 2012 to seal the aircraft deal, which isestimated to cost 30m. The planning assistant to the Indonesian Air Force chief ofstaff Rodi Suprasodjo said that the service required 30 units of Hercules aircraft andthat the latest addition will bring the existing number to 25. The aircraft, intended toreplace the existing ageing C-130B-model aircraft, will be used by the Indonesian AirForce to support troop deployments and perform humanitarian and disaster reliefmissions. Additionally, Indonesia operates a number of L-100s and ten F-16A/Baircraft with the Block 15 operational capability upgrade (OCU) standard.oIndonesia is also procuring 24 Lockheed F-16A/B Fighting Falcon jet fighters, whichwill be upgraded from the Block 25 standard to the Block 32 standard, and sixRussian Sukhoi Su-30MKK aircraft (6 more Su-30MK2 on order for 470Mil.Currently, the Indonesian Air Force operates ten Sukhoi fighters including six SukhoiSU-27SKMs and four Sukhoi SU-30MK2s; one squadron of the jetfighters is likely tobe based at Hasanuddin Airbase in Makassar. Deliveries for the latest order areexpected to begin in 2013) in addition to nine NC-295 medium transport aircraft fromAirbus Military. The procurement programmes also include eight Embraer E-314Super Tucano counter-insurgency aircraft, and 16 KAI T-50 Golden Eagle advancedtrainers. (Currently, the RAAF operates 8 remaining C-130H Hercules, 12 C-130JSuper Hercules and has also procured five of six C-17 Globemaster II transportaircraft in their current planning, to support its tactical transport capabilities).oNorthrop Grumman has received a four-year extension for the Royal Australian AirForce (RAAF)'s in-progress LITENING Advanced Targeting System support contract,which will implemented as the Target Designation System for the F/A-18 Hornetaircraft. The self-contained, multi-sensor weapon-aiming system enables fighterpilots to detect, identify, track and designate targets for accurate conventional and
precision-guided weapons delivery. The system features advanced image processingfor target identification, coordinate generation for GPS weapons, a forward-lookinginfrared sensor for day and night operations, a charge-coupled device televisionsensor and a dual waveband infrared laser designator. The system is capable ofsupporting air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, and is fitted with an eye-safelaser range finder, a laser spot tracker, an infrared laser marker, and an optionalair-to-ground video data link and digital video recorder. Northrop has deliveredmore than 550 LITENING pods to date, which have been integrated into fighter jets,including AV-8B, A-10A/C, B-52H, EA-6Bs, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18, to meetchanging operational requirements. The RAAF's tactical F/A-18 Hornet is a twoseated, multi-role, twin-engine jet capable of converting from air-to-air fightermissions to air-to-ground strike missions while on the same sortie. The aircraft hasits deployments in fighter escorts, suppression of enemy air defences, reconnaissance,forward air control, close air support, and day and night strike missions. TheLITENING Advanced Targeting System has been in operation with the US Air Force,Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and Marine Corps, as well as withItaly, Spain, Israel, Netherlands, Finland, and Portugal. Under the extension contract(estimated at 8m), the company will provide in-service support for the targetingpods and data links up to September 2015.A theory about 460 Sqn Lancaster Mk.III ND584 and AGLT(Brendan Cowan, with thanks to Graham at www.lancaster-archives.com/forum)I have been working with the assistance of several people on updating our Lancaster pagehttp://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a66.htm and this kind of research always throws up storiesthat catch your attention. So thought I’d pick out one of the nearly 600 Lancasters that wehave identified to illuminate the story of an example aircraft.Short history of Lancaster Mk.III ND584Usually, we write a short summary of known facts for each airframe as follows:32 MU,Signals Intelligence Unit (SIU),460 Sqn. 07/05/44 to 12/05/44.4 Missions.BDU, Central Bomber Establishment (CBE),To 5865M,Struck off 16/01/47.But as ever, there is so much more to the story than that.
It turns out that ND584 played an important role in the introduction of the new Automatic GunLaying Turret.AGLT ExplainedThe Automatic Gun Laying Turret (AGLT) and referred to by the codename Village Innduring development was a radar-aimed FN121 turret fitted to some Lancasters and Halifaxsin 1944. The AGLT system allowed a target to be tracked and fired-on in total darkness withthe target's range being accurately computed as well as allowing for lead and bullet drop.The AGLT turret had a small radar transmitter installed at the base of the turret that sent outa signal, which coned an area behind the aircraft. The Rear-gunner would do a constantsearch by manipulating the turret through an arc that stretched from extreme starboard toextreme port and by manipulating his guns to elevate and depress them as far as they wouldgo.If the radar picked up any contact there would be a ‘beep’ heard in the aircraft’s intercomsystem and that would be a signal to all to be on the alert and to the rear-gunner especiallyto check it out. This he could do by screening the object through a little telescopic device. Ifhe detected a red infra-red signal, he would be relieved to know that it was another bomberin the stream: all bombers were fitted with a device, code-named “Z” which sent out such asignal from the screen in front of the bomb-aimers position. If there were no such signal, thegunner would assume that it was an enemy night-fighter and he would keep a careful watchon him. He, the night-fighter pilot, may have his eye on us, or he may be shadowing anotherbomber in the stream.The Village Inn - AGLT - wikipedia.orgAGLT Trials and introductionTRE at Defford did all the early trials using Wellingtons but they had 3 Lancasters soequipped (ND712 JB705 LL737) for trials starting in June 1943.In service, the aircraft were to be modified at 32 MU which took 14 hrs to complete and
added 15lbs to the airframe.460 Squadron, RAAF was to be equipped with AGLT in the latter half of 1944 and accordingto the files in Kew the equipment was not due to reach the Squadrons until 7/44.The fact that ND584 passed through the 32 MU and Signals Intelligence unit (SIU) prior toallotment and transfer to 460 Sqn, RAAF is probably signifigant and along with the dateswhich tend to support the theory that it was an early (and perhaps the first) operationalinstallation of AGLT.We do not know of any other Lancaster airframe that passed via this path to an RAAF unit.ND584 spent only 6 days on strength with 460 Sqn (07/05/44 to 12/05/44) and completed 4operational missions in this time.One theory is that A/C was the first operational airframe to be equipped and was passed to460 Sqn to gain operational experience with the AGLT before the aircraft was transferred toBombing Development Unit of the Central Bomber Establishment for continued flight testingand tactics development.Another possibility might be that the aircraft was attached to the squadron for aircrewfamiliarisation and to gain operational experience with AGLT before the unit was scheduledto convert to AGLT equipment and then continued its trials role with the BDU.Many 460 Squadron aircraft at Binbrook were subsequently equipped with AGLT. Towardsthe end of European hostilities 460 Sqn exchanged a batch of AGLT aircraft to 49 with 460re-equipping with newer airframes.In fact 49's last op of the war, Berchtestgaden, out of the twelve aircraft dispatched, sevenwere ex 460.Life after 460 Sqn for ND584While ND584 was at BDU on 22/5/44 being used on an extended flight test of AGLT, thepilot was a P/O Shinn, R/G F/O McArthur and the MUG turret was manned by a W/CDRHuin (a HQ Bomber Command medical officer). The flight lasting 6 hrs was carried out indaylight with the rear turret blacked out and Beaufighters used as hostiles.The report draws no conclusions only to say that the pilot would be more fatigued due to theconstant weaving of the A/C due to the rear turret searching.ND584 did not pass back to an operational unit after its trials work and instead becameLancaster Instructional Airframe 5865M until it was struck off RAF charge on 16/01/47.
Ex 460 Sqn AGLT equipped Lancaster Mk.III PB522 with 49 Sqn RAF PB522 just south of Lincoln flyingwest. The village of Coleby is lower port and Harmston Hospital complex can be seen centre right. Theroad is the A607 Lincoln to Grantham. The lack of no exhaust dampers indicates that this photo wastaken just post war. (www.lancaster-archive.com).Automatic Gun Laying Turret (AGLT) BrendonCowan 2012
The Churchill Wing Offensive Operations; Chapter 4The Churchill Wing’s fourth and last strikeBackgroundFollowing the last successful spitfire strike of 1944, the war had moved even further north awayfrom Darwin. Rumours and anticipated plans of increasing the strength of 80 Wing with an allocationof an additional Spitfire Squadron were circulating around February and March 1945. This squadron,to be 54 Sqn RAF, was advised of an intended re-deployment to Morotai. By May 1945 however, thethree RAAF Spitfire Squadrons of 80 Wing, having all moved earlier to Morotai earlier in late 1944and early 1945, were being used mainly in ground attack missions due to the lack of the anticipatedJapanese air opposition. Thus this reinforcement did not eventuate. Besides operational sweeps andintercepting suspected enemy radar plots that turned out to be either friendly or atmosphericphenomenon, the Wing was busy ferrying aircraft (Spitfires and a few Wirraways) to Oakey formodifications or storage from late 1944 and early 1945.However, several 1 Wing RAF pilots did get to Morotai, albeit to ferry replacement Spitfires fittedwith 90 gallon slipper tanks, north from Darwin to Morotai and then returning with Australia withworn airframes or by transport. An example of this was on the 1st February 1945 when six RAF pilots(two each from 54/548/549 Sqns) led by Sqn Ldr R A Watts (CO of 548Sqn RAF) flew six replacementSpitfire VIIIs to 452Sqn RAAF located at Morotai. They were A58-417, A58-420(QY-J), A58-427(QY-Qlater X), A58-430 (QY-M later X), A58-510 (QY-U) and A58-540 (QY-I) with known future codes inparentheses.That was as close to the then front they had gotten to, that is, until 3rd June 1945. On that day, ontheir last offensive mission of the war, the Churchill Wing would get their last enemy aircraftcredited to the Wing.The strike mission: Codename “Secret Green”It was to be a different proposition to the last three missions insofar that the opportunity to engageJapanese enemy aircraft was high. The target was for a fighter strafing attack and sweep over CapeChater Aerodrome and the adjoining Sea Plane base, located on the north eastern side ofPortuguese Timor. The unit to be involved was to be 548 Sqn RAF. Further planning resulted in afighter strafing attack by a six aircraft flight, whilst a top cover flight of four Spitfires would cover themission. Selected aircraft and pilots from each of the RAF squadrons would be now involved.With an impending B-24 Liberator raid by 23 Sqn RAAF around the same date, it was decided tomodify the operation with their inclusion and the mission to be synchronised with a strafing attack.The aim was to destroy all aircraft located on the ground at the base.The mission would be commenced some hours earlier with a harassment raid by a loan 23 Sqn RAAFLiberator on the preceding night of the 2nd June 1945, followed by a bombing raid the next morningby a further four Liberators. Lead by a B-25 Mitchell to the target, a six aircraft Spitfire flight wouldthen begin strafing of the aerodrome installations and aircraft revetments as the enemy recoveredfrom the Liberator bombing, whilst overhead a four aircraft Spitfire flight would ensure that noenemy aircraft that managed to get airborne would escape.
Further out to sea, a Catalina would stand by, with a fifth Liberator as escort, should any aircraftrequire Air Sea Rescue services. The second B-25 Mitchell would photograph and film the operation.A24-359 OX-H: AWMAt 06.30hrs on the 3rd June 1945, the six Spitfire of 548Sqn RAF of the strafer flight that were lead bySqn Ldr Glaser and the four top cover Spitfires (three from 54 Sqn RAF) lead by 549 Sqn RAF’s SqnLdr Bocock, took off from Darwin for Austin Strip on Bathurst Island. All ten Spitfires arrived safelyfor refuelling before again taking off at 07.45hrs to rendezvousing over Snake Bay with their 2 Sqn B25 navigation ship to continue their mission to Point Chater Aerodrome. Owing to a fuel fault infeeding fuel from his slipper tank attached to A58-498, F/Lt Greerson-Jackson of the 54Sqn RAF topcover flight, was forced to abort and return to Darwin only after five minutes in the flight.Following the long over water flight, the formation then rendezvoused at 09.15hrs with the four 23Sqn RAAF Liberators over Jaco Island, located just off the south east tip of Timor. As planned, theLiberators bombed the aerodrome with sixteen 500lb Demolition and thirteen 120lb Frag bombs,destroying three of the five aircraft on the ground in their revetments, and causing a fair amount ofdust and smoke.
Aircraft per3/06/1945RaidCall SignPilotAircraftRed 1S/Ldr E D Glaser 548Sqn RAFTS-V/A58-482Red2F/Lt C W Saunders 548Sqn RAFTS-P/A58-446Yellow 1F/Lt J A Aiken 548Sqn RAFTS-A/A58-453Yellow 2F/Lt J M Hilton 548Sqn RAFTS-D/A58-405Blue 1F/Lt B L Price 548Sqn RAFTS-W/A58-320Blue 2F/Lt F S Everill 548Sqn RAFTS-X/A58-338StitcherS/Ldr E P Bocock 549Sqn RAFZF- V /A58-438F/Lt J B H Nicholas 54 Sqn RAFDL-W /A58-370F/Lt M W Greerson-Jackson 54Sqn RAFDL-D /A58-498P/O F R Booker 54Sqn RAFDL-R /A58-360HUG.10/1S/Ldr D H Nannah 2Sqn RAAF (Air Spare and Photo ship)KO-F/A47-14HUG.10/2F/Lt J L Legge 2Sqn RAAF (Navigation Ship)KO-* /A47-5Lon 43/1F/Lt McKellar 23Sqn RAAF (Pre-Harassing Raid)NV-Z/A72-107Lon 44/1S/Ldr Miller 23Sqn RAAFNV-A/A72-100Lon 44/2F/Lt Lister 23Sqn RAAFNV-R/A72-82Lon 44/3F/Lt Halliday 23Sqn RAAFNV-C/A72-104Lon 44/4F/Lt Baines 23Sqn RAAFNV-* /A72-90Lon 44/5F/Lt Hockings 23Sqn RAAF (Air cover for ASR)NV-S/A72-102ZDG 32F/Lt Penny 43 Sqn RAAF ASROX-H/A24-359# All Multi Engine Crew details held; Captains shown only* Code not known ifindeed carriedAbortThe six Spitfires of the strafing flight then went in following a slight delay caused by radio problemswith the Liberators, dust and smoke from the exploding bombs, and then strafed the aerodromebuildings with 20mm and .303 inch machine gun fire. The remaining three top cover flights, circled attwo and a half thousand feet whilst experiencing some twelve light to medium flak rounds fired.A second run in was made by five of the Spitfires on a camouflaged revetment occupied by aJapanese bomber which was still partially obscured by smoke. After some 869 x 20mm and 3232 x.303 inch machine gun rounds expended, the Spitfires broke contact and turned for an uneventfulflight home to Darwin Civil Aerodrome, landing there at 11.35hrs.On arrival, a quick cold welcome beer was met by all pilots that participated in the last operationaloffensive mission of the Wing in WW2.The last mission aircraft to land was Liberator A72-102 after escorting back the ASR Catalina.
A72-104 NV-C and Crew. GRB CollectionA72-90 and Crew. GRB Collection
Post missionBoth 54 and 548 Squadron RAF records show some doubt as to whether the fourth or fifth Japanesebomber aircraft were actually destroyed, mainly due to poor Spitfire gun camera cine film exposure(mainly caused from dust).A58-482 TS-V as fitted with 4 x 20mm Cannon Dec 1944On researching 23Sqn RAAF records though, credit was given to the destruction of four Japanesebombers by 23 Sqn RAAF; with a fifth bomber aircraft to the Spitfires of 1 Fighter Wing, with some ofthose destroyed being identified by intelligence as “Peggys”, the latest suicide bomber type. Recordsconfirming a ‘credit” has not been found as yet.The final accolade given, the mission’s bomber leader, F/Lt McCallum of 23 Sqn RAAF, was sent acongratulatory note from the AOC North Western Area, Air Commodore Charlesworth, noting themission’s great success.Thankfully, the war would be over in three months hence, and the record of 1st Fighter Wing losseson these offensive missions would remain zero percent.
A58-370 DL-W circa May 1945Author’s commentThere ends the mission narrations of the four offensive operations of the 1st Fighter Wing. Thoughnot the longest single engine missions of the war, they did represent what could be accomplished bya determined group of young Australian based British Spitfire Pilots who after years of being on thedefence, wanted to bring the fight to the enemy’s own turf.Research is still ongoing as to the remaining missing radio Call signs, aircraft codes and stories. I’dlike to thank Buz Busby, Peter Dunn, Peter Malone and William H Bartsch for their help in makingthis story possible, directly or indirectly for me to write itGordon R Birkett 2010Sources: 1st Fighter Wing Combat Reports; 54/548/549 Squadrons (RAF) ORBs;2/12/23/31/43/452/457 Squadrons (RAAF) ORBs; 82Wing Combat reports and RAAF Intel reports(Northern Command)
Update: Current AIR 6000 TimetableAIR 6000 will deliver a new air combat capability comprising around 100 ConventionalTake Off & Landing (CTOL) F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) and all necessary support,infrastructure and integration to form four operational squadrons and a trainingsquadron. AIR 6000 Phase 2A/2B is the first acquisition phase for the New Air CombatCapability (NACC) project and will comprise three operational squadrons and a trainingsquadron of CTOL JSF aircraft and associated support and enabling capabilities. Initiallythe JSF will be complemented by a squadron of F/A-18F Super Hornets.IOC will comprise the first operational squadron with associated support and enablingcapabilities. FOC will occur when the full scope of the project, including the mission,support and training systems and facilities have been delivered and accepted intooperational service. LOT for this capability is expected to be 30 years.Phase 2A/B will acquire no fewer than 72 CTOL JSF to form three operational squadrons and atraining squadron, with first deliveries in 2014 to achieve IOC in 2018 and FOC in 2021. Stage 1 (approved) will acquire 14 CTOL JSF and associated support and enablingelements necessary to establish the initial training capability in the US and toallow conduct of Operational Test in the US and Australia. Stage 2 (unapproved) will acquire the remaining (at least) 58 CTOL JSF and supportand enabling elements and is planned for approval in 2012.Australia joined the System Development and Demonstration phase of the JSF Program in October 2002 andthrough project AIR 6000 Phase 1B (approved), undertook a program of detailed definition and analysisactivities leading up to Government second pass (Acquisition) approval for Phase 2A/2B Stage 1 in November2009.Australia’s first 10 JSF will remain in the US for a number of years for initial conversion training of Australianpilots and maintainers, and also participation in operational test activities. The next four JSF are planned toarrive in Australia in 2017 to commence dedicated Australian operational test activities, primarily to ensureeffective integration with other ADF air and ground systems.Phase 2C (unapproved) is the acquisition of a fourth operational JSF squadron to bring the total number ofaircraft to around 100. The decision to acquire the fourth operational JSF squadron will be considered inconjunction with a decision on the withdrawal of the Super Hornet.A decision on this final batch of JSF is not expected before 2015. The decision to acquire the fourth operationalJSF squadron will be considered in conjunction with a decision on the withdrawal of the F/A-18F Super Hornet
in the FY 2015-16 to FY 2017-18 timeframe. However, pending the success or prospective delays of stage 2,this may result in further F/A-18Fs (reports of up to 16) which may remain in service until 2025-2030, with F35A capped at 72 F-35A airframes.A critical component of an air combat system is advanced weaponry that can prosecute the full range oftargets and threats. Phase 2A/2B will certify and acquire the initial inventory of weapons, ammunition andcountermeasures for the JSF. AIR 6000 Phases 3 and 5 are intended to provide the weapons stocks necessaryfor the air-to-surface and air-to-air roles respectively. In addition, JP 3023 is intended to provide a new strikeweapon suited for strike against well-defended maritime targets in the complex littoral environment.Where we’re at in 2012?Our first aircraft (2) will be from LRIP- 6 batch. One important fact disclosed in recent reports, including theannual report from the Pentagon’s director for operational test and evaluation, is that JSFs from LRIP-6 onwardwill have an improved integrated core processor (ICP) known as Technical Refresh 2 (TR-2). TR-2 is needed inorder to host the IOT&E-standard mission software, known as Block 3f (full), and is an essential part of any fixfor the HMD problem. Unless and until earlier aircraft are retrofitted, only LRIP-6 and later aircraft are able tobe JORD-compliant. Reaching IOT&E on time, therefore, depends on on-time delivery of TR-2, successfultesting of Block 3i (initial)—which adds no new functions to Block 2B—and a timely roll-out of Block 3f withLRIP-8 aircraft.The question is when the U.S. Air Force will have sufficient numbers of LRIP-8 and subsequent aircraft todeclare IOC. While the service has not announced an IOC date, one major partner country did.In January 2012, Canada’s F-35 project manager disclosed that although Canada plans to buy aircraft in 2014,and take delivery in 2016, the first aircraft will not arrive in Canada until 2019 and IOC is not expected before2020.Our F/A-18A/B s are being withdrawn from RAAF service from 2015 onwards, thus raises the question giventhe RAAF F-35 IOC date 2018, seems to mean we will be down on platforms, unless a additional buy of SuperHornets is not made. 2012 will be the year of decision. This has been fuelled even more so per the Defence
thMinister’s statement on the 30 January 2012 where Smith has stated he is considering delaying purchase of12 of the initial 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft for at least 3 years due to concerns of more problemswith the program. Smith has stated that Australia is contractually bound to purchase 2 of the 14 aircraft for"training purposes" in the United States. Those two are LRIP 6 aircraft.Australia was originally supposed to see its first delivered F-35 in 2012. Given the technical problems it isunlikely the RAAF will have a working F-35 by 2020, as expressed by the Canadian Airforce. Australia's currentclassic Hornets procured in the 1980s will as stated, start drawing down from 2015With all of the current development problems, it will be years before any military service sees an F-35 inanything representing a go-to-war configuration. One must remember data fusing software per Block 3F hasn’tbeen fully written as yet (some reports state only 15% completed!)Finally, what weapons it can it carry!More negative news coming:U.S. DOD plans to cut 179 F-35 orders between FY2013 2017 due to numerous unresolved technical defectswhich are the source of program delay and price blow-outs. That is on top of previous cuts from previousrestructures prior to 2012!
Latest airframe to the USAF is AF13; FY08-0751.Off to the 58thFS at Eglin AFB in Florida.First export UK F-35 built!Mean while, the first export F-35 rolls out in Nov 2011: UK BK-1 20/11/2011. The only F-35B it will buy astheir order was changed to F-35Cs, resulting in the first Royal Navy CV not being fitted with catapults forthose F-35Cs that follow!!!
Curtiss Corner:This Issue’s Curtiss P-40: The Hybrid P-40E/E-1: A29-18P-40E A29-18 at 2OTU January 1943 after rebuild by 5AD: GRB CollectionA29-18P-40E-CUMar-42 Served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 16/3/42 it wasreceived by 75 Sqn and was coded 'U' with them; 23/3/42 strafed on the ground at PortMoresby by enemy a/c new engine required, 7/4/42 starboard leg damaged after hittingsomething at the edge of the runway; sent to 5 Aircraft Depot 22/5/42 and then allocated to2 OTU; 2/10/42 involved in a accident while at 2 OTU; 4/10/42 ground looped damagingailerons and wing tip. Due to P-40E-CU wing replacements being in short supply, in January1943, the aircraft received grafted P-40E-1 wings (hole diameters and locations weredifferent per US and UK thread specs). The attachment holes on the fuselage were reamedout and then templated to fit the attaching P-40E-1 wing. At this stage 5AD had 25 P-40E/E1 wrecks with the anticipation of rebuilding 15 complete out of the total held. Accident1145hrs 09/06/43 Yelta Satellite Field when approaching to land, aircraft caught fire andduring landing, the Pilot, F/Sgt McNeil Serv#411034 jumped out during final roll, sufferinginjuries and burns. On 6/7/43 approval to convert to components, was given per AMSE File9/16/886 Min #5.
Cat ShotsCatalina Model 28-5ME AH534 (Later A24-1) being taxied January 1941 in the USABrand new Catalina A24-18 being launched mid 1941 USA
A24-48 playing U Boat and not floating so well near Bowen QldA24-48 after being salvaged
Not all Cats were black in 1945 as per PB2B-3 Catalina A24-367 Coded NR-E with 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight. Itstill retain the RAF scheme sans redPB2B-2 Catalina JZ837 on a test flight in Canada, before becoming A24-377 in the RAAF
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laser range finder, a laser spot tracker, an infrared laser marker, and an optional air-to-ground video data link and digital video recorder. Northrop has delivered more than 550 LITENING pods to date, which have been integrated into fighter jets, including AV-8B