Did you forget to reply towards the comment that is relevant? You think that's cool? The american alligator has the jaw that is strongest of any animal. The F22 yes, had a hard to keep stealth layer, ...
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- Did you forget to reply to the relevant comment?
- You think that's cool? The american alligator has the strongest jaw of any animal.
- The F22 yes, had a hard to maintain stealth coating, the F35 has a different technology of stealth coating that does not require soo much attention. The F22 coat is vulnerable to scratches, F35 on the other hand is not affected by such damages somehow, there are some articles around explaining the differences.
- F-22s is essentially sprayed on, while the F-35's is baked into it
- More likely "plated" or some form of electroplating, then baked, although most sprayed on jobs are also baked in some manner.
- There's a type of material which serves a key role in the use of radar absorbing materials which was previously sprayed or otherwise applied to the surface of the composite or metal skin of stealth aircraft (depending where it was on the aircraft). On the F-35 however, the load-bearing composite skin has a new form of that kind of material, which is interwoven with the carbon fiber / carbon nanotubes (yes CNTs) to provide the same functionality with far, far, far less (pretty much no) maintenance required on that layer, which was previously a common source of delamination / coating breakdown.
- I'm not 100% on the specifics because it's not my area of expertise but there's a rubbery coating around the panel edges and screws which I assume is done for corrosion, ablation resistance, and durability.
- There would be that stuff (just heads up though, I haven't worked on the jet), but the stuff I'm referring to is across the entirety of the skin itself; I know the existence of it being "baked in" is public knowledge, but I'm not sure about whether it's role in regards to what it does for signature reduction is public (I only learned about it when a figure of civilian with sufficient authority [IIRC it was Bill Sweetman] talked about it on a forum).
- Yeah if you dick up the panel LO comes out and builds a little 'oven' around the spot to repair it. Their job sucks.
- Nah it's baked. If you fack up a panel LO comes out and makes a 'tent' around the area and will make a little oven to fix it.
- Yeah, i backed my car into an F22 in a shopping carpark once, i drove off and didnt leave a note because i knew that paintjob would cost a fortune to fix. Ive felt bad ever since.
- Don't feel bad. You paid it with your taxes.
- It was probably covered by insurance too. We don't see them very often as civilians, but you should see the commercials Geico makes for military jet insurance.
- To bad the air force went with the general
- Is there something proprietary about each coating which means you can't use the F35 coating on the F22?
- As lordderplythethird said, the F-35 has a predominately "baked in" stealth coating. It does, however, also include traditional RAM material sprayed on as well which is more durable than prior material used. This has been used to coat the F-22 as well.
- F35s stealth technology has to do with its panels, the F22 is a coating, something like that. Read more comments