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Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:31 AM

Guns Instead of Butter


Lockheed Martinís F-35 Lightning II Boondoggle
US Military Jan 31, 2016 - 08:10 PM GMT
By: Stephen_Lendman

At an estimated lifetime development, production, operational and maintenance cost of $2 trillion or more (adjusted for inflation), the F-35 perhaps most of all symbolizes notorious Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse - ripping off taxpayers, using the nationís resources irresponsibly, at the expense of vital homeland needs.


After a decade of development and limited production, it still doesnít work as intended. In service since the 1970s, the F-16 outclasses it. In simulated dogfights, an F-35 test pilot called it ďat a distinct energy disadvantage.Ē

The Pentagonís fifth-generation warplane performs worse than one of its current mainstays itís designed to replace. It remains a troubled aircraft with unresolved problems, a multi-trillion dollar boondoggle, a colossal waste of national resources.

Itís unclear if continued development and testing can ever overcome its design flaws. Instead of scrapping a white elephant, limitless billions of dollars continue being poured down a black hole.


The F-35 continues to exacerbate poverty in the United States.

3 F-35B - 1 LHC.

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