Floating F35 massive fail. But its only $36 Billion.
Update Feb 12, 2013,
Fat slow plane gets fatter and slower.
Update Dec 13, 2012
Canada pushes the reset button. But there is still a lot of unanswered questions. The DND insists the price per plane is only $87 million, but the US DND has now pegged it at $135 million. Thats if every plane everyone on the planet every dreamed about getting is purchased. That is highly unlikely the US at best will take 1000 instead of 3000.
Does anyone believe the open competition for a new fighter will not have the Government cheerleading and misleading in order to see the F35 selected? Over at the mound of sound reasoned speculation that if there is a fly off like Canada conducted to pick the CF18 the F35 will not even show up. The reason being it would be so badly embarrassed by a competition in the sky vs talking points, Lockheed would never do it.
Update Dec 18 2012
The disinformation campaign is in full bafflegab mode.
Update Nov 28, 2012. The cost has ballooned to $400 Billion dollar just for purchase. Not including the enormous cost to maintain these hanger princesses. New Radars are already deployed that negates the stealth advantage. The actual planes cant do what the computer predicted. No one knows if the millions of lines of code needed to make this plane operate can ever be cleaned up. Best case instead of 3000 planes, 2000 will be purchased. What that means is the development cost applied to every plane just went up 33%. The cost now is pegged at $137 million per plane and soaring.
Update Sept 25, 2011. CF18 pilots have had to shut down one engine more than 200 times. In the F35 that would be 200 crashes.
Updated March 16, 2012, F35 on deathwatch in Canada. In the USA may live on as the Zombie Fighter from Hell.
Update from the Galloping Beaver. It seems Stealth as predicted is not a long term thing. Now the full article in Wired covers its asp, but the implication is clear, Stealth will be defeated before the planes are actually deployed. What do you say now Pete?
Update from Mound of Sound, Harpers Canada, Americas sharp end of the spear.
March 22, 2012 Massive Fail