Fiscal Times: After Years of Bad News, the F-35 Proves a Double Threat from the Sky
The $1 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has taken plenty of lumps in recent years, as the DOD’s next-generation stealth fighter aircraft has experienced mind-boggling cost overruns and occasionally less than stellar test runs.
Despite the Pentagon’s aspirations to develop a truly joint aircraft system that spans the military services, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning system is essentially three distinct aircrafts with different flying capabilities: The F-35A that uses a conventional takeoff, the F-35B with its short takeoff and vertical landing, and the F-35 C that is launched from aircraft carriers with the assistance of a catapult.
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WNU Editor: There is no Plan B.