Newsletter 10
Autumn 2005

Updated on12Sep2005
Published by the Hawker Association
for the Members.
Contents © Hawker Association
Association Tie
Aviation Double
Christmas Lunch
Fastest Hunter?
Harrier News
Hawk News
Hunter Delivery Flight
Jsf Prototype
Outsider's View of Camm
Philatelic Cover
Programme 2005-6
Regional Executive
Sea Harrier Book Review
Sydney Camm Wit

JSF Prototype X-35B To
Air And Space Museum

The Joint Strike Fighter STOVL prototype, the Lockheed-Martin X-35B, is now in the Air and Space Museum's Steven F.Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia near Washinton-Dulles International Airport.

The X-35B made its last flight on August 6th, 2001, from Edwards Air Force Base, after which it was retired and soon was deemed no longer airworthy, consequently it was not possible to fly the aircraft to Washington DC.

It would not fit in a C-5 or C-17 as it stood and it was too wide for road transportation. The wing is built in unit with the fuselage and could not be removed so specialists, with advice from Lockheed-Martin's design department, chose the best place for cutting off the wings so that they could most easily be reattached at the museum.

With wings and tailplanes removed the aircraft components were loaded on a flat-bed tractor-trailer and driven 3,000 miles for reassembly at the museum using specially fabricated wing splices.


In the last paragraph of the report on Tim Gedge's talk it should have been stated that Sir Sydney was watching the P.1127, not the Harrier because, of course, he died before the Harrier flew. Also, a date of 31st April was quoted in the fourth paragraph; no such date, try 30th. (Apols; Ed.) 
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