F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane

A very in-depth article on the failure of the F-35, which remains one the most expensive mistakes ever made by the U.S. military – sunk by crippling bureaucracy, a revolving door of hundreds of middle-managers and politics overriding engineering. Not only is it out-performed by it’s 20+ year old predecessor, but even by imitation foreign jets, hilariously created from stolen F-35 blueprints obtained from a foreign government hack. Just like the TSA, it’s all mostly theatre.

“Problems multiplied. Originally meant to cost around $200 billion to develop and buy nearly 2,900 planes expected to make their combat debut as early as 2010, the F-35’s price steadily rose and its entry into service repeatedly slipped to the right. Today the cost to develop and manufacture 2,500 of the new planes — a 400-jet reduction — has ballooned to nearly $400 billion, plus another trillion dollars to maintain over five decades of use.”

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