Edwards AFB, CA óThe clock is counting down for selection of a design for the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) later this year (see DN 2/17/1997).
Boeing's X-32A JSF demonstrator recently completed its flight test program which included simulated aircraft carrier landings.
Boeing's demonstrator for the land- and carrier-based versions, the X-32A, recently completed flight tests which included: low-speed aircraft carrier approach tests; aerial refueling; supersonic flight; and side-mounted weapons bay vibration and acoustic tests. The short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) prototype (X-32B), featuring redirected engine fan and exhaust flows like the existing Harrier, was scheduled to fly by the end of March.
Lockheed Martin's X-35C, its carrier-capable demonstrator which features an enlarged wing, is now at the Patuxent River test center for the Navy for continued carrier testing. The conventional takeoff version (X-35A) for the Air Force completed its test program late last year and is being outfitted with an engine-driven lift fan for STOVL flight testing as the X-35B. These flights should start by late spring.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.