7 Things The Marines Have To Do To Make The F-35B Worth The Huge Cost
The Lightning II is a major multinational program intended to produce an "affordably stealthy" multi-role strike fighter that will have three variants: the conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; the Short Take-Off, Vertical
The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter program. The F-35 took its first flight on 15 December 2006. The United States plans to buy 2,443 aircraft. The F-35 variants are intended to provide the bulk of its manned tactical airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy over the coming decades. Deliveries of the F-35 for the U.S. military are to be completed in 2037
Italy's first F-35A Lightning II, assembled at the Cameri, Italy, Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility, flew for the first time on Sept. 7, 2015, marking the program's first-ever F-35 flight outside the United States.
To truly understand the most expensive weapons program in the history of the Pentagon, forget the F-35 Lightning II aircraft itself for a minute. Consider the helmet. It’s designed to protect the pilot’s head, of course. But compared to everything the helmet does, protection becomes something of an afterthought.
Donald Trump boasts, “I’m the most militaristic person there is,” and that he’d build a military force so robust “no one is going to mess” with the U.S. Yet at his core, Trump is a businessman. So when the Republican presidential frontrunner looks at the Defense Department’s multi-billion dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, he smells a lousy deal.