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May 17, 2004

Overweight

The Royal Navy's two new carriers may have to be redesigned to accommodate the Joint Strike Fighter. 3,300lb overweight might be described as pleasantly portly.

An analysis by Lockheed Martin has disclosed that the jet can only land safely if it has used its full complement of bombs and missiles and if its fuel tanks are virtually empty. Otherwise the undercarriage is likely to collapse during landing.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 17, 2004 08:23 AM

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