Let me continue on a slightly different track then.
Is the F-35A able/designed to perform prolonged 9G manuveres with full internal fuel?
This is connected to wing loading i guess, but i've seen different figures..
How much fuel can be stored in the wing tanks?
No, the F-22 will maintain 6 Gs at 50,000 ft, so we may extrapolate, [always dangerous], that down in the teens where such things have been determined, that it may well maintain 9, and to be honest I have heard 9.5 but to be honest when I attempted to confirm that, I came up empty.
This is the one area that those of us who are proponents of the F-35, were recently dissapointed, as those numbers and expectations for the F-35 where recently "slightly downgraded", the numbers for all three versions "hover" in the 5 G range, which is where most fighter aircraft honestly live every day. Of more concern are the acceleration rates, which you will likely notice that the F-35 may be a little "doggy".
Now in actuallity the F-35 has a very good intitial turn in, the A model having pulled 9.9 Gs in testing, and that is a very, very, respectable number, and as you have alluded to, that was in the clean configuration, and at a lighter test weight. In the reality of day to day mission configuration I would imagine that in the A2A role the F-35 will be light, and it will be clean, and it will do much better than the paper numbers imply, and IMHO opinion as gf often reminds us, the F-35 is very stealthy at the ranges where it will be engaging in BVR, it also is equipped with an outstanding, far surpassing the F-22 electronics suite, and will be able to network "silently", operating in a "passive mode", without having to reveal its own presence until weapons release, and after release will once again clean up and go passive.
In real life, this will make it very difficult to defeat, one of the reasons I am excited to see how it fares against the F-22, it won't surprise me, to see the F-35 come out on top of these real world scenarios??? As we see the first two F-35As at Nellis, with two more soon to follow, the smart folks will be finding ways to employ the F-35 against all threats, including the F-22, and as gf has alluded to frequently, they will win, they really are very good at what they are designed to do. I imagine we will hear some of this positive news coming out of these engagement as it will be very reassuring to partners.
On a newsy note Flight Global has announced the roll-out of the second Dutch F-35A at Fort Worth- 002, which will also be flown to Eglin AFB sometime this year to be used training pilots and maintainers.
All of this info is taken from Flight Global, the Air Force Magazine, or public release of the revised performance expectations, with the exception of the Raptor numbers at high altitude, which were shared by General Norton Schwartz, as he was preparing to leave his position as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Cheers Brat.
sorry adm, I didn't see your post which is much more succinct, but at least we are on the same page.