In “Feast of Fixes” (AW&ST Aug. 19, p. 28), higher winds and sea states to test the Joint Strike Fighter on carrier decks sounds good. But this will also be a test of loading procedures. The Block 2B software is for external carry only. When weapons are loaded internally, the sea state may become a bigger factor for the ordnance department. An external store may have several people around to lift, guide and lock it into a rack or launcher. An internal store will not have that ...


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