Availability of spare parts is getting worse. Repairs are delayed. Jets aren’t available when needed and pilots can’t get enough training hours. Surprise, everyone. The F-35 is still a spectacularly inefficient, super expensive shitshow that continues be the national leader in military procurement mismanagement.
There are fewer jets that are beaten up on more than the F-35, but we couldn’t help but share this little nugget from Australia: the nation’s Air Force grounded a pair of its F-35s last weekend, for fear of thunderstorms.
Hey, you remember that time when you were 14 and you called up your crush with your best friend secretly listening in so that after they could tell you what to say? President Donald Trump did just that, except with the Air Force General in charge of the F-35 program and the fucking CEO of Boeing in the room listening.
The F-35 is a tour de force of bleeding edge military technology. Also it violently jars its pilots and knocks their displays out of view on takeoff, as a new government report examines. Now the multi-trillion dollar plane needs its landing gear fixed or completely replaced.
President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting again, and once more he’s tweeting about the F-35 fighter jet. Last week, he said the F-35 program costs have gone “out of control,” and he was right, sort of. Except now his proposed solution appears to be a physically impossible fantasy plane. God help us.
President-elect Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets early this morning, as he is wont to do, this time with one of them aimed at the F-35 Lightning II program. Over the years the Joint Strike Fighter program has grown massively over-complicated and over-budget, but Trump hasn’t yet said what he wants to do about…
The “B” variant of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is supposed to be able to take off close to vertically and hover. Getting it to work has been problematic since the jet blast is hot enough to melt the concrete it’d be parked on, but it sure does show up spectacularly to this heavy-duty thermal imaging camera.
The F-35 fighter jet can be fitted with a variety of armaments, including this GAU-22 four-barrel gun pod capable of rattling off 50 25mm rounds per second. The destructive bore is impressive, the sound is downright terrifying.
The United States is getting a brand-new bomber, called the B-21, for the first time since the 1990s. That’s normally the sort of thing defense-minded types like to hear, but U.S. Air Force programs of the past few decades have a tendency to go completely off the rails. These are the questions that the American…
After evaluating the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 as Denmark’s next primary fighter jet, the country’s government is recommending the F-35 “unequivocally” as superior in “strategic, military, economic, and industrial aspects.” Is this a needed win for this troubled jet?
The fight to kill the A-10 Warthog rages on in Washington after the U.S. Air Force tried to sneak-retire the incredibly useful attack jet following a failure to get Congressional approval to end it outright. Now the Air Force’s shell game includes a potential A-10 replacement, dubbed the A-X.
Israel has done amazing things with their imported U.S. fighter aircraft, innovating and tailoring their capabilities to meet their unique needs. They want to continue this legacy with the F-35. Part of this initiative now includes the ability to externally modify their new stealth jets with the addition of conformal…
The USS America, a Gator Navy amphibious assault ship built specifically to accommodate Marine Corps F-35Bs, has just left port for sea trials after having to be overhauled for ten months immediately following its original introduction into the fleet due to issues over carrying the aircraft it was designed for.
Today, news outlets are reporting on what seems like a new F-35 development revelation: that the jet’s radar system is not reliable and has to be restarted regularly. But this isn’t a newsworthy issue—it’s just one tiny bullet point in a long list of F-35 deficiencies that were brought on by the flawed Joint Strike…
Love it or hate it, these two facts that cannot be denied about the F-35—its F135 turbofan engine is very loud, and its afterburner plume is massive. Add in some twilight conditions and you have yourself quite the light and sound show, as can be seen in this video taken at Luke AFB as a bunch of F-35As take to the…
One of the F-35's most interesting features, at least on paper, is the jet’s helmet. It is so deeply integrated into the aircraft’s sub-systems that it even gives its wearers something akin to x-ray vision. But much like the F-35 itself, the helmet and its integration have been mired in developmental issues. Now the…
After years of infighting, the U.S. Air Force finally gave in and spared the A-10 Warthog from the slaughterhouse. The alarming part is that it took a new war and a looming Cold War for the jet’s masters to acquiesce, and they still plan on to begin killing the respected attack aircraft far before most realize.
The F-35 was supposed to wow aviation spectators and weapons buyers at air shows in the UK two years ago, but an engine fire grounded the program. Now two years later, the F-35 is slated to attempt another inaugural showing in the UK this summer.