posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 03:08 AM
I also would of chose the X-35, but not just for looks.
I think it will do a great job, and will be easier to maintain then the Harrier.
The nozzle pointing down and the lift fan behind the cockpit was a great idea, with the fan blowing cool air it prohibits the engines from sucking in
hot exhuast, which makes it lose stability and is unsafe.
when doing testing and "showing off" for the AF Lockheed did better, they took off in a short distance and went supersonic and landed vertically.
While boing needed to take some parts off their jet for it to go supersonic.
Its years away from production so its hard to say if it will replace everything it was meant to, or if there will be a few hundred made, or several
I think it will serve well.