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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.


The Pentagon's plan is to buy 2,443 of them—prized for their stealth capabilities—from Lockheed Martin, at a cool $323 billion. Lookin' good, dudes. [via DefenseTech]

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There's something really disappointing about the F-35. It even looks like a step down from the F-22. Too much compromise - it's got to do this for the Air Force, it's got to do that for the Navy? - I don't know. I would like a refund and health insurance, though.