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UNCjigga

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F-35 apparently missing over South Carolina after pilot ejects and leaves it on autopilot (transponder not working!)


This should not happen. Something is seriously wrong here.
 

pmv

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Don't even need an autopilot

(correction - apparently it did have an early type of autopilot)

 

pcgeek11

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I wonder what was so urgent that the pilot had to eject over a populated area, but the plane continued flying!

Doesn't seem the problem was too urgent to me.
 

IronWing

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I wonder what was so urgent that the pilot had to eject over a populated area, but the plane continued flying!

Doesn't seem the problem was too urgent to me.
Maybe the problem would kill the pilot but not the plane, like depressurization or "oops, we forgot to refill the oxygen cylinders."
 
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pcgeek11

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Maybe the problem would kill the pilot but not the plane, like depressurization or "oops, we forgot to refill the oxygen cylinders."

Under those conditions isn't the preferred method be to reduce altitude so the O2 isn't needed rather than dumping an airplane of this expense?

I'm asking as I'm not a flyboy, I'm a bubblehead.
 

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I wonder if it went down in that big lake it was supposedly flying over? Not having an active tracker on such an expensive piece of hardware is egregious in my eyes.
 
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pcgeek11

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I wonder if it went down in that big lake it was supposedly flying over? Not having an active tracker on such an expensive piece of hardware is egregious in my eyes.

Probably did crash in lake Marion or Moultrie.
 

eelw

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Um, having a tracking device sort of defeats the whole stealthy thing.
Exactly. Like several normally sane posters here wanting a find me option. But not surprised congress critters are that saying it just because pwn the libs!!!
 

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The Marine Corps said Thursday that a feature on fighter jets intended to protect pilots in emergencies could explain how the F-35 managed to continue its travels. They said that while it was unclear why the jet kept flying, flight control software would have worked to keep it steady if there were no longer a pilot’s hands on the controls.

“If the jet is stable in level flight, the jet will attempt to stay there. If it was in an established climb or descent, the jet will maintain a 1G state in that climb or descent until commanded to do something else,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. “This is designed to save our pilots if they are incapacitated or lose situational awareness.”


Doesn't explain everything but does explain a little bit that it didn't crash in the vicinity of the ejection.
 
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The Marine Corps said Thursday that a feature on fighter jets intended to protect pilots in emergencies could explain how the F-35 managed to continue its travels. They said that while it was unclear why the jet kept flying, flight control software would have worked to keep it steady if there were no longer a pilot’s hands on the controls.

“If the jet is stable in level flight, the jet will attempt to stay there. If it was in an established climb or descent, the jet will maintain a 1G state in that climb or descent until commanded to do something else,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. “This is designed to save our pilots if they are incapacitated or lose situational awareness.”


Doesn't explain everything but does explain a little bit that it didn't crash in the vicinity of the ejection.
Yet there's no sensor to say, why bother, the pilot has ejected.
 

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The Marine Corps said Thursday that a feature on fighter jets intended to protect pilots in emergencies could explain how the F-35 managed to continue its travels. They said that while it was unclear why the jet kept flying, flight control software would have worked to keep it steady if there were no longer a pilot’s hands on the controls.

“If the jet is stable in level flight, the jet will attempt to stay there. If it was in an established climb or descent, the jet will maintain a 1G state in that climb or descent until commanded to do something else,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. “This is designed to save our pilots if they are incapacitated or lose situational awareness.”


Doesn't explain everything but does explain a little bit that it didn't crash in the vicinity of the ejection.
The next step ought to be to connect to a drone pilot if the plane continues having no pilot hands on the controls. Like a self-driving taxi that asks for a remote driver when it gets in trouble.
 

hal2kilo

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The Marine Corps said Thursday that a feature on fighter jets intended to protect pilots in emergencies could explain how the F-35 managed to continue its travels. They said that while it was unclear why the jet kept flying, flight control software would have worked to keep it steady if there were no longer a pilot’s hands on the controls.

“If the jet is stable in level flight, the jet will attempt to stay there. If it was in an established climb or descent, the jet will maintain a 1G state in that climb or descent until commanded to do something else,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. “This is designed to save our pilots if they are incapacitated or lose situational awareness.”


Doesn't explain everything but does explain a little bit that it didn't crash in the vicinity of the ejection.
Wonderful details, except for why the pilot ejected from what seemed to be a perfectly fine plane. Must have had the equivalent of a blue screen of death, and the plane was doing dangerous excursions in flight. Why else? Slam from ejection did a reset?
 
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