“NEW YORK TIMES”
“2,400 planes are planned by the late 2030s — projected total costs will exceed $1 trillion.
One billion dollars will be needed just to pay for the highly advanced pilot helmets, running to $400,000 apiece.
It breaks with the past by meeting the requirements of three military branches — the Air Force, Navy and Marines — each of which traditionally developed its own planes. Three in one. Swiss Army knife. Jack-of-all-trades. These are some of the labels attached to the F-35.
And though champions of the supersonic F-35 hail it as the ultimate sky fighter for the 21st century, skeptics ask if it is worth all the money and effort, or even if it will prove as effective in its mission as David’s little stone was in its day.
To put it mildly, the Joint Strike Fighter is a complex piece of machinery. History…
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