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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: VIFing?

And can an F35 land in a clearing in the woods?

No. Neither could a Harrier, unless somebody had already laid a hard standing able to take a 7 tonne weight being dropped onto the area of three A4 sheets of paper. They did experiment with a sprayable compound to harden the ground, carried in pods under the wings, but that wasn't realistically practicable for military operations (you can imagine the comical mess when spraying araldite from a hovering Harrier).

All the pics of Harriers in the woods tended to be on specially hardened roads around RAF Gutersloh or similar.

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