No, Not “Twilight”. NightThere are apparently 'those' who think that the F-35’s first nighttime aerial refueling tests beginning right about sundown (at altitude, which means well after sundown on the ground) is some form of ‘cheating’ or possibly a ‘diluted’ or ‘easier’ test than if begun perhaps long after the day’s last light has passed. I came to this conclusion the first time someone posted the single-word ‘Twilight’ as a comment on a thread about the testing. I found it mildly amusing at the time because of the self-revelatory ignorance behind the squeaking is now archived forever in cyberspace. If someone holding incorrect and ill-informed views wants to lynch their own credibility, I’ll happily give them all the rope they’ll need.
Given that the material presented in the first article only provided a photo taken early in the mission, we can conclude that the commenter either: a) didn’t bother to read the part about the mission being 3 hours long or b) isn’t aware that twilight doesn’t last very long no matter what your altitude. Checking my phone app for moon and sun position tracking I found that the date of the test, March 22nd also involved –as I suspected-- a ‘New Moon’ (i.e. NO moonlight). Therefore a test beginning at ‘Twilight’ had to have rapidly transitioned into ‘Dark*’ pretty quickly.
But what are we to make of the same commenter again dropping off ‘Twilight’ on yet another major Defense/Aerospace website? This time to a posting with a video showing different sortie activity over the length of the mission, including a ‘hookup’ clearly made well after dark?
|Screen Capture of F-35 pulling off the Boom|
Striking, isn’t it? That someone has ‘bet the farm’ on his beliefs to the point that they feel they don’t even have to read what they’re commenting upon. I hope they have another farm to fall back on.