F-35A Aerobatic Rehearsal for Paris.
U.S. Air Force F-35A “AF-78” tail number 13-5072 from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah performed a low show aerial demonstration practice for the 2017 Paris Airshow, near Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month.
Aviation photographer Caulun Belcher of Texas shot the video of the F-35A rehearsing its new flight demonstration routine in Texas in preparation for the upcoming Paris Air Show next week at Le Bourget Airport in north Paris, France, from June 19-25.
We reported back on May 19 that restrictions for aerobatics imposed on the F-35A during the 2016 airshow season had likely been relaxed or lifted altogether. This video suggests a complete removal of aerobatic restrictions.
The F-35A flight demonstrations in Paris and presumably this aerobatic rehearsal in Texas are flown by Lockheed/Martin test pilots, not USAF pilots. A report suggested U.S. Air Force crews would fly the two demonstration aircraft to France for the Paris Air Show.
Video of the F-35A flight demonstration shows an all-new flight demo routine for the U.S. Air Force F-35A: the aircraft enters the demonstration box in the video from left of show center in the landing configuration and performs a touch and go.
The F-35A then performs a right and left aileron roll, a new feature in the flight demo from the previous year. Repositioning from right the aircraft repeats the aileron rolls as if to emphasize its roll rate. The aircraft executes several more complete aileron rolls and flat turns with the trademark F-35A vapor streaming from its wingtips and wing roots under tight radius turns. The demo pilot appears to be enjoying ringing the aircraft out like we’ve never seen at an F-35A demo.
Caulun Belcher’s excellent video of the F-35A demonstration practice and some of his outstanding still photos were shared on YouTube and on the Facebook page for his aviation photography.
We’re looking forward to more F-35A flight demo photos and video from Paris this coming weekend, meanwhile enjoy this preview:
Top image credit: Caulun Belcher photo of a USAF F-35A rolling inverted in Texas while rehearsing for Paris Air Show.
Many rolls at a non spectacular rate, all ending mildhy.
Very few vertical maeuvers, if no one.
Flight controls of the F-35 look poor on that video.
Nothing here to be shown at an air show, except the fact that it’s a F-35!
It’s a low show. Ever been to airshows? Doubt it.
It also looks like testing different maneuvers. The video is something like 11 minutes while the show, as I recall is 5 minutes from brake release. As others noted it looks like maneuvers to be performed in a low show.
I will add that it’s a flat show, not a low show! :)
Let’s see what the F-35 will perform at Paris Air Show…
It also looks like practice of individual components of the show with repitition. The actual show is only 5 min and the tape 11 min .
Low show doesn’t mean flat show!
F–35’s solo display training (not low), at Le Bourget 2017. No comment!
Holy, fucking Christ. Now that was a demo for soar eyes :)