USAF F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Shaping Up to Be a Success

The F-35 joint strike fighter program is shaping up to be a big success—production prices and operating cost estimates are coming down, flight test is accelerating, development issues are being cleared, pilot training is underway, and target dates for operational service have been announced.

There are still risks in the program, but Pentagon leaders insist the F-35 is their top priority and have pledged to protect its funding no matter what happens with the rest of the defense budget.


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