"Pulling a bit of a bait and switch aren't you? Speaking of nonsense, what happened to your claim of China's superior space program? Or the J20
program becoming operational before the F-35?"
Bait and switch? You are the one who is baitin.
US with the end of the space shuttle is not putting men in space, China is. I chose not to discuss space issues only because I wanted to focus on
JSF is not "operational". Not anywhere close. J20 will be combat ready before JSF. There is no longer any promised date by Lockheed as to when JSF
will be combat ready. 10 million lines of on board software code, 24 million lines total, when will JSF be ready? F22 uses 1 million lines of code,
and that seems to be too much for Lockheed.
You must work for Lockheed. You blather on about supercruise. The link I provided to the J-20 in Wikipedia says the J-20 can supercruise, the JSF
cannot. And you waste a lot of bandwidth arguing about it.
"There are amateur blogs all over the internet both pro and con. Try reading what the real world pilots, engineers and mechanics write on reputable
websites where posters credentials are vetted and the fanboy nonsense gets weeded out like the
You are saying the F16.net forum is for pros, and Aviation Week is for amateurs? You are delusional beyond belief.
"No, I am very familiar with what little information is publicly available regarding the J20 and did not say the prototype had not flown. I said that
at this juncture the J20 is a prototype with unknown performance because China is having serious engineering problems developing an engine much less
developing a flight tested, operational production airframe by 2018."
That is not what you said.
"You are demonstrating that you are short on facts and full of flawed opinion. The F-35A's first supersonic flight was in 2008 while both the F-35B
and C made their first supersonic test flights last year.
60 mistakes to be reworked at great expense or scrapped in the Nevada desert?Seriously?
Again, your hyperbole is not borne out by the facts.
Wrong. The reality is that for the third straight year flight tests are ahead of schedule, the cost to build each plane is falling fast, and
international partners are so enthused that new customers are getting in line for the F-35 on a regular basis (South Korea will be next). So how come
you don’t know any of this? The reason you don’t know it is that political appointees have decided they can score points with Congress by
attacking their own program, and national media always lead with the most sensational information."
You must work for Lockheed or a supplier. Sorry, you will be looking for work when JSF is cancelled. Everything your wrote is dog poop. No JSF
currently built can be used for combat. Every last one is a "mistake jet". The last time I saw, the JSF was still restricted to subsonic operation.
International partners are enthused? Italy and others will reduce numbers - Italy already has - as this program fails. Canada and Holland will be the
next to pull the plug.
The cost to build each is falling fast? more rubbish. This year, it was around $180 million for the Air Force version, $230 million for the Navy
version, and $300 million for the Marine Corp version.