Major Mike Rountree, (C) a marine fighter attack training officer, shows naval flight students a U.S. Marine F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Jet during a roll-out ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, February 24, 2012. Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters
F-35 Boss: We’ll Fix The Jet — Just Let Us Do It -- DoD Buzz
F-35 Lightning II program boss Vice Adm. David Venlet is bullish about the prospects for his super-jet, but he argues that he needs time and space to get all the kinks worked out.
Venlet told a defense conference last week that he can fix all those things you’ve heard about that are wrong with the different flavors of the F-35 — and some you may not have heard about — but he must be permitted to get on with it. More delays, restructuring or other changes would just gum up the works. His remarks were quoted in a note circulated Monday by the sponsors of the conference, Credit Suisse and defense consultant Jim McAleese.
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