Way back in June 2014 we released Series 1 Episode 119 about the RAAF bringing the F-35A into service, including the first two pilots selected to learn how to fly it, discussions with Lockheed Martin representatives (including test pilot Billie Flynn) and an hour long discussion with AVM Kym "Koz" Osley about the infrastructure work, staffing build up, training and logistics preparations that were in progress. At almost 2 1/2 hours in duration, it was one of our longer episodes from Series 1.
It seems only fitting then that our longest episode so far of Series 2 should once again be all about the F-35. This time we catch up with F-35 Test Pilot Tony "Brick" Wilson, Lockheed Martin's Chief of Fighter Flight Operations, and also bring you an update from Steven Over, Lockheed Martin's Director, Combat Air INDOPACOM and CENTCOM Business Capture.
You can find these two discussions in this episode at:
02:19 - Tony "Brick" Wilson talks to us about what got him into aviation, his career to date, transitioning to the F-35, sensor fusion in the cockpit, what flying the F-35 is like, and how mission planning is conducted.
53:54 - Steven Over provides an update on the F-35's pending Block 4 upgrades, how they will be available in the RAAF's new F-35s and plans to roll them out as upgrades to existing airframes. He also steps us through the sensor fusion concept, how it is presented to the pilot and the benefits it provides F-35 pilots and operators.