At first glance, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project seems to be a simple and elegant concept. It can replace the thousands of semi-obsolete fighters and strike aircraft currently in service with the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and our allies.
Ordinarily, each service would start its own independent program resulting in three different aircrafts, each requiring its own expensive design, development and production program. Instead, suppose we select a single American contractor to design, develop and produce the aircraft. Make it capable of performing both the surface strike and air-to-air combat missions, and save tens of billions of dollars.
At first glance, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project seems to be a simple…
by Chuck Taylor / Dec 1, 2007