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

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