In F-35 Debate, U.S. Air Force Leaders Bully Critics
Shortly before I retired from active duty at a small Air Force base outside of Boston, I received a cryptic voice mail from an unfamiliar colonel. He identified himself as working at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office in Washington, D.C. and he wanted me to call him... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Slowly Killing the F-16 — and Leaving Gaps in America’s Defenses
As the U.S. Air Force faced stiff opposition in Congress to its latest attempts to kill the A-10 Warthog, it offered up a thinly veiled threat. If it couldn’t ditch the low- and slow-flying planes, the service would cut somewhere else … like its F-16 fleet. The cuts were... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Worried
Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, is worried. For decades, 400 “fourth-generation” Air Force F-15s and nearly 2,000 F-16s dominated the skies over foreign battlefields. But today China and Russia have fighters of their own that outclass the F-15s and F-16s. Worse, the... Read more
Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight
A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock... Read more
F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane
From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production... Read more
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