Toad ja so…

A while back I posted a  commentary, along with photos, on the F-35, and an issue the plane may have.

That was here: https://thelexicans.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/satchel-wasnt-a-fighter-pilot/

Visibility. A fighter pilot wants to see all around him.

Now we have an F-35 test pilot telling us that he can’t see behind him, and an F-16 dragging around 2 drop tanks can easily take the F-35 in a one-on-one fight.

Read all about it here:  http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2015/06/29/test_pilot_admits_the_f-35_cant_dogfight_108146.html

I toad ja so.

 

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  1. edwardolsen

    Busbob,
    There is an interesting commentary at fightersweep

    http://fightersweep.com/2548/f-35-v-f-16-article-garbage/

    And by the way, take a look at the awesome movie

    http://fightersweep.com/2536/from-the-cockpit-barg-i-matal/

    which I WISH I could download and keep. You guys have all the fun (punctuated, of course, by moments of sheer terror).

    Best Regards

  2. edwardolsen

    Well…
    The conversation continues at fightersweep

    http://fightersweep.com/2574/f-35-vs-f-16-bfm-parting-thoughts/

  3. Bill Brandt

    The bad thing is whether this plane is a turd or not it takes on a life of its own – with so many now depending on it

    Am I the only one a bit cynical about the bidding and procurement process?

  4. Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman has addressed this same report and more than 100 comments have been posted. The F-35 is not an agile fighter from the outset. A 27 year old F-16 loaded with 2 drop tanks ate the Lightning for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in 17 engagements.
    The carriers will depend on the Lightning for offense and defense. It may be a great bomb truck but a Sierra Hotel fighter isn’t readily apparent at this point.
    But it should be.

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