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Newsletter 20
Spring 2008
Updated on 22May2008
Contents
Editorial
AIAA Honours Dunsfold
Annual General Meeting
Book Review
Doctorate for John Farley
Dunsfold and Brookland Events
Eggheads
First Hunter
Flying Hawker Aircraft
Future of Naval Aviation
Hawk News
John Dale
Joint Strike Fighter News
Members
Museum for Dunsfold
Program
Remembering the P.1083
Sea Harrier News
V/Stol Award for Ralph Hooper

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    The first F-35B Lightning II STOVL aircraft, designated BF-1, was rolled out in December and moved from the Lockheed Martin assembly line at Fort Worth to the Flight Line for ground testing. The roll-out ceremony was attended by representatives from the RN, RAF, the USMC and the Italian Air Force and Navy
    USMC Commandant, General James Conway, made a suitably stirring speech saying, "This generational leap in technology will enable us to operate a fleet of fighter/attack aircraft from the decks of ships, existing runways, or from unimproved surfaces at austere bases." Just like the Harrier, then.
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First flight of the STOVL F-35B is likely to be delayed, according to BAE Systems "until later this year", while Pratt & Whitney investigate the cause of a recent turbine blade failure which occurred during ground running of the F-119 engine. This was the second turbine blade failure experienced by the engine.
    At the roll-out ceremony it was announced that when BF-1 does make its maiden flight ex-Dunsfold Chief Test Pilot Graham 'GT' Tomlinson will be at the controls after working with the Lockheed Martin team for several years.