Saturday, July 19, 2014

Trillion Dollar Waste - Time to Scrap the F 35 - It's a One Legged 300 pounder in a Marathon

It's one of the biggest blunders in Pentagon history - a new fighter that is on track to cost over $1 Trillion dollars, has killed pilots and failed a war game test with China as the adversary.  I quote:

"The F-35 “is a dog … overweight and underpowered,” according to Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington.
In 2008, two analysts at the RAND Corporation, a California think-tank that works closely with the military, programmed a computer simulation to test out the F-35′s fighting ability in a hypothetical air war with China. The results were startling.

'“The F-35 is double-inferior,” John Stillion and Harold Scott Perdue concluded in their written summary of the war game, later leaked to the press. The new plane “can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run,” they warned.
Handout photo of workers on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 JSF at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas
Yet the F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters..."

So WHY has Congress allowed this White Elephant to become our next generation of fighters? The fatal flaw, according to engineers, was when they decided to use one engine instead of two.  It's 35 tons of aircraft and the single engine can't manage it.

The F-35 is like a 300 pound person running one leg in a Marathon.  Congress needs to cancel the program. We are building a trillion dollar failure doomed to be shot out of the sky. What we had was better than the F-35.  They made a fatal error in design that can't be fixed.

What we need are innovation companies like SpaceX building fighters instead of the Pentagon.Or maybe get them from the European Joint Fighter program until our guys can get their act together.

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