Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts

Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts." » 3/03/15 9:35pm 3/03/15 9:35pm

We Finally Know Why An F-35 Burned On The Runway

We are finally getting information as to what caused the F-35A engine fire that has left the entire program progressing at a snail's pace due to strict flight restrictions. » 9/04/14 1:31pm 9/04/14 1:31pm

Phew! The F-35B Can Operate From Wet Runways & In Crosswinds

The F-35B recently completed wet runway and crosswind landing tests, which is good, considering that we've already bought 47 of the $252M fighters. Hopefully this isn't the first time the good folks at Lockheed Martin have tested the F-35B's that ability, since weather is still a thing that happens. » 8/23/14 8:51pm 8/23/14 8:51pm

How A Flight Sim Taught Me To Fly And Kill With The F-35 Lightning II

When Ford contacted me as a media member who would be attending EAA AirVenture 2014, with the opportunity to fly Lockheed Martin's F-35 simulator, I jumped at the chance! Now, I'm happy to report that I'm highly proficient at flying the military's biggest boondoggle most advanced fighter jet. » 7/30/14 4:33pm 7/30/14 4:33pm

The F-35 Mustang Is Here To Spread Freedom With Horsepower

How much more American could the F-35 Lightning II-themed 2015 Ford Mustang be? None. None more American. Ford just released the first live shots of the custom car headed to a charity auction soon, and it's looking sharp. » 7/25/14 9:11am 7/25/14 9:11am

This 2015 Mustang Salutes One Of America's Stupidest Defense Failures

From Foxtrot Alpha: So Ford is spiffing up its new 2015 Mustang to look like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, specifically the Navy's F-35C as the Pony Car in question shares the F-35C's developmental tail-flash, as a promotional vehicle that will be featured at this year's EAA AirVenture super fly-in and air show in… » 7/14/14 6:01pm 7/14/14 6:01pm

Pierre Sprey's Anti-F-35 Diatribe Is Half Brilliant And Half Bullshit

A video is making its way around the net right now that featuring an interview with F-16 co-designer and king of the 1970's era "Fighter Mafia," Pierre Sprey. In it he slams the F-35 in almost every way possible. Sadly, about half of what he says is totally relevant, the other half is totally bullshit. » 6/20/14 1:35pm 6/20/14 1:35pm

The designer of the F-16 explains why the F-35 is such a crappy plane

According to the Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, the F35 is a turkey. Inherently, a terrible airplane. An airplane built for a dumb idea. A kludge that will fail time and time again. Just impossibly hopeless. And judging from the bajillion times the F-35 fleet has been grounded, well, he's probably not wrong.… » 6/17/14 7:39am 6/17/14 7:39am

Is This Japan's Secret Stealth Fighter?

The following image, which is sourced from David Cenciotti of The Aviationist (in turn claimed to be from "Chinese Internet," the catchall usual suspects of anonymous aero-defense news) purports to be a manned flying prototype of the Mitsubishi ATD-X, a stealth demonstrator leading the way for Japan's effort to build… » 6/15/14 3:06pm 6/15/14 3:06pm

7 Things The Marines Have To Do To Make The F-35B Worth The Huge Cost

From Foxtrot Alpha: After years of passing more conventional capabilities by, I think it is time for the Marine Corps, and the "Gator Navy" for that matter, to get serious about getting the very most out of their extremely expensive and controversial F-35B force. At $150 million a pop, they need to be more than nicer… » 5/31/14 12:05pm 5/31/14 12:05pm

Cool composite image of a fully armed F-35 doing a 360-degree roll

Oh wow. This awesome image by Matthew Short for Lockheed Martin's Code One Magazine—spotted by David Cenciotti—is now my new phone background. Here's the full photo, for your downloading pleasure: » 2/23/14 11:23am 2/23/14 11:23am

This F-35 Formation Is So Impossibly Perfect It Looks Computer Generated

You know, the F-35 may have had a lot of problems and it may be overpriced and late and whatever. I don't care. It still looks amazing. This photo of two F-35s flying in formation is so awesome that it is now my new desktop picture. » 4/21/12 2:15pm 4/21/12 2:15pm

The F-35 Shows Its Missile Teeth For The First Time

America's F-35 may not be very useful, but it's still, on paper, one hell of an aerial destruction machine. This freshly-released image from the F-35's first-ever weapons test shows the punch it'll pack. » 2/20/12 5:05pm 2/20/12 5:05pm

The entire U.S. stealth fighter fleet is grounded

In the past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky. » 8/15/11 12:00pm 8/15/11 12:00pm

Air Force's Golden Boy F-35 Makes First Public Appearance

The USAF's fighter from the future made its first air show flight over the weekend, wowing audiences at Andrews' Air Force Base. Get a good look! You paid for 'em—the F-35 is the most expensive military program ever. » 5/24/11 11:20am 5/24/11 11:20am

Workers building fighter jets caught chugging beers over lunch

Workers at a Lockheed Martin plant in Texas are attempting to one-up their Michigander counterparts by drinking and smoking during lunch while building F-35 fighter jets. Cue the local news gotcha video. » 5/05/11 11:00am 5/05/11 11:00am

Ferocious Chickens Attack F-35 Fighter (and By Ferocious I Really Mean…

Lockheed Martin designed the F-35 canopy to withstand the impact of of a 4-pound bird at 480 knots on the "reinforced windscreen and 350 knots on the canopy crown" without breaking. In other words: Chicken squadron vs F-35, fight! » 8/02/10 9:20am 8/02/10 9:20am

This Is How Lockheed Martin Paints F-35 Fighters (Spoiler: With Lasers)

This is the most advanced painting facility in the world. It was created by Lockheed Martin for one single purpose: To make the F-35 Lighting II almost invisible to radar. As you can imagine, they don't use spray cans. » 7/07/10 2:50pm 7/07/10 2:50pm