March 29, 2011
~ Everything Falls Apart / Then I Get to / Try to Put it Back Together ~
Posted by scott at March 29, 2011 06:29 AM
Ares is featuring this comprehensive write-up of just what's (now) gone wrong with the F-35 and what it might take to fix it. I'm sure once the bugs are worked through this will end up a massively capable weapon system. Unfortunately in the meantime it seems to be a federal jobs program for engineers who can't find their rear with a map and a flashlight.
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"it seems to be a federal jobs program for engineers who can't find their rear with a map and a flashlight. "
Eat shit. If Olivia spells a word wrong we don't say that you and your wife "can't find their rear with a map and a flashlight", do we?
You're acting like the F-35 is another Sergeant York. This is because people with an agenda--i.e. "every dollar we spend on weapons is a wasted dollar"--want to paint the program as a failure, so every setback or issue becomes ZOMG CANCEL WASTE USELESS FAILURE WASTE CANCEL!!
The F-35 didn't compressor-stall and crash on its first flight the way the F-14 did. It doesn't suffer sudden uncommanded rolls at high AoA the way the early in-service F-15 did.
Whoa, there, sparky, put the missiles back in the silos! Didn't mean to pee in your personal bowl of cheerios. And, actually, YOU don't say that, but you don't have to. I have parents for that.
Nope, not a Sergeant York, but not an A-7, AH1, or (not to put too fine a point on it) F-16, either. Don't recall I ever mentioned it should be cancelled, but I do think the program's taken too long and cost too much. There's plenty of blame for that to go around.
So hey, if a cheap bad joke got to you, sorry about that. Now go fix the darned thing.