Air Force F-35s fly in formation over Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Photo: Air Force
Daily Mail: F-35 crisis as Pentagon’s top weapon testing official warns plan to put unfinished $400bn fighters into service puts pilots at 'significant risk'
* Fifth-generation fighter has been plagued with issues
* $400bn development schedule has stretched to 15 years
* Weeks ago military bosses claimed it was finally 'combat ready'
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the 'most expensive weapon in history, costing $400bn.
Now, it is finally set for its first mission - despite a last ditch warning from the Pentagon’s top weapon testing official that it is not ready and could put pilot's lives at risk.
In a memo obtained by the Project On Government Oversight, Michael Gilmore, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, warns that the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office is simply cut short the plane's development phase in order to pretend that schedule and cost goals are being met.
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WNU Editor: If the Pentagon's top weapon testing official says it is not ready .... it is not ready. As for what the incoming Trump administration may do .... sadly .... it is too late .... Lockheed’s F-35 facing new scrutiny from Trump administration (Star-Telegram/Bloomberg).