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Tango0125 Dec 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

"The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has weathered years of controversy over cost overruns, delays and performance trade-offs . The Pentagon has steadfastly maintained the type's ability to penetrate enemy air defenses and network sensor data through its sophisticated computers will prove worth it. Indeed, by 2018, some of the persistent problems seemed to be abating, per-unit costs have begun to decrease, and the type saw its first combat operations serving with the Israeli Air Force and the U.S. Marines .

However, the carrier-based F-35C model has arguably posed some of the biggest technical challenges for the program, and has thus been scheduled last for declaration of Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2019. Critics have repeatedly warned that IOC status has basically been declared arbitrarily for all models of the F-35 as a political decision, regardless of persistent technical defects and the fact that testing and evaluation were not yet complete—as is usually the case for IOC systems…."
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Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 6:16 p.m. PST

I'm so tired of seeing the words "F-35" and "big problem" in the same sentence. I want my tax money back!

Zephyr125 Dec 2018 9:37 p.m. PST

The carrier issue is being resolved by converting the F-35 to a floatplane, which can then be handled and serviced by any Navy ship with a suitable crane…

Lion in the Stars25 Dec 2018 11:13 p.m. PST

@Zephyr: Too bad no Navy ships have big enough cranes anymore! (Seriously, the F35 is a BIG plane, 35 tons gross weight)

Tango0126 Dec 2018 11:51 a.m. PST



Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 3:54 a.m. PST

The F-35 has many issues, but some are now piling up so hard on it that you could expect one to burst into flames just by mentioning it.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 10:17 p.m. PST

Funny you should mention that Patrick:


Have you seen this article?

Granted, old news, but still, totally on target:

"This is the third fire in three years for the F-35. In 2014, an Air Force F-35A caught fire at Eglin Air Force base while preparing for takeoff. On September 23rd of this year another F-35A caught fire during aircraft startup".

Lion in the Stars28 Dec 2018 12:13 a.m. PST

Yeah, well, every time you start up an airplane someone is supposed to be standing by with a fire extinguisher. Any airplane.

Seen it happen to private planes, to business jets, even to commercial jets.

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