Bogus Emails


Topic F35 TakeOff Loop
Date 21-Feb-2011; 11-Mar-2014
Web Site Link F35 Take Off Loop

Update:  11Mar'14:  this email is making the rounds again.  One version now has a link to a FaceBook site which has received over 200,000 viewings.  Amazing that 200,000 people can view something and not realize that it is bogus!

21Feb'11:  There is an email floating around about an F35 pilot that executed a miraculous takeoff loop from an aircraft carrier.  The video recording of the event can be seen per the link above; the typical text is provided below:

Read before looking at the movie clip  

M I L I T A R Y    A I R C R A F T

F-35 unintentional (?) loop at takeoff on a carrier

This guy clearly has brass balls and you know the sailors on the flight deck had a cow when they saw this unfold in front of them.


This is unbelievable!

F-35 unintentional (?) loop at takeoff a real "check your laundry" event

A supremely well-trained US Navy pilot, ice running in his veins instead of blood, fully regains control of his $70 million, F-35 joint strike force fighter, after a problematic vertical take-off attempt... Watch as the rear vertical thruster fires to cause the problem.  There's nothing about this the pilot enjoys. If he could have ejected at 100' upside down and lived, he would have.  Looks like the afterburner kicks in while still vectored for vertical takeoff.  Lockheed would call this a "software malfunction" and do a little more "regressive testing".  This is a good demonstration of power-to-weight ratio of this aircraft! And talk about stability control...

If he didn't come out of the loop wings-level, it probably would have been bad news; maybe taking some of the carrier with him!

Add to this flying through your own exhaust, which can lead to equipment malfunctions, as in "flame out".  The F-35 is single engine aircraft with vertical takeoff/landing capability, but it has the aerodynamics of a Steinway piano at zero airspeed.  This is the most unbelievable piece of flying you will ever see in your life.

This Guy deserves a Medal for saving a 70 Million Dollar Aircraft!!!!!!!!!!

You'll watch it at least 2 times!!!!!!!

No doubt the maneuver is pretty amazing ... but is any of this true?  No.  Several things are suspicious:

So what is it?  Actually, the video is from a computer game called Battlefield 2. 

A similar "computer generated" amazing aircraft event was reported a few months ago