V-22 Osprey melts ship landing pads

And it looks like the F-35 JSF will probably be even worse. This premature buckling of the landing pads by the hot exhaust fumes, mean that the pads (which you can’t just go and replace without capsizing the ship) will run out before the ship does.

The USMC has issued DARPA a request to invent landing pads that are refrigerated and non-skid in order to mitigate the effect of the planes landing on them.

V-22 Osprey, stealth jumpjet ‘need refrigerated landing pads’ • The Register.

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