and now the so called 'cheaper f-35' is not even a working prototype. I remember
the days when planes were ridden into the ground phototype wise well before
they reached the airshows. They are like car shows for the jet fraternity so
you have to bring your A game or get lost. Remember the F-16 materialised
from the F-15 when NATO told us while it was a awesome aircraft their
defense budgets could not afford it and something smaller and more practical
was needed. JSF has been the textbook version of the opposite.
Remember the JSF programme started back in 1996 and ATF which became F-22 started
back in 1991. I cannot comment further on the internet on technical limitations of such
as im sure enough engineers with security clearances to pilots in the officers club
are well aware of the limitations. What I was saying is when you look at the plunge
in Lockheeds share price that is enough to know that others 'know'. Its sometimes
good to keep people out of the loop while very important discussion take place.
Like I said my department has no room for Snowden types they can go work
for the FSB.
Tell me if your a fighter pilot flying over the boring Atlantic and your single engine
cuts out- now you know why I choose and recommend... Im sure the Canadians
and British understand the Australians and Americans can sometimes be
slow learners...Canada remembers the Starfighter Saga as much as Germany
does so Lockheed is on thin ice. There is also a lawsuit being made and
consdering how much taxpayers money Lockheed has wasted with
little 'real world' results its time for the hand of fate to point at thee.
Many more defense contractors which much better cost ratio/performance
are the ones to be noticed as people are now beginning to ignore
what Lockheed says not deliberately but due to their actions.
The Skyhawk is a overated POS. Just because it flew against
a slow turning F-14 does not mean it would survive less than
3 seconds in a knife fight at 65,000ft with a F-15 let alone
a F-16 at lower altitudes. John McCain flew one and Vietnamese
flak made quick work of it. The Harrier was British engineered
like the Brilliant TSR-2 and I think you are getting confused
with different countries/manufactures design methodologies
and making wrong analogies. Lockheed is poorly run and
it shows to everyone except their PR department. Many plane
makers have gone broke over the years trust me. Im told Lockheed
has been having some 'internal' issues with poor morale and
also bad management so the environment is caustic. You
cannot expect much from them apart from taking money
from you and not much else. Australian aircraft carriers
unlike the British ones could ot fit much from them
as they were WWII leftover...
The RAAF lost many more Mirage pilots as they were single
engine compared to the F-18. Many pilots im sure are very
nervous about JSF in a real hostile A-A environment. Thats
why the Rafale is twin engined...its a safety feature- 2 cans
are better than 1 especially if bullets are flying around.