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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:17 AM

Air Force Stonewalls F-35 Defects


Air Force Stonewalls F-35 Defects
By William Boardman
General News 12/1/2012 at 22:31:28

None of the more notable supporters of basing the nuclear-capable F-35 stealth fighter-bomber at Burlington Airport in Vermont, not one, had the courage to tell the Burlington Board of Health that the F-35 would be good for the community's health. The available evidence points strongly to the F-35 being bad for people's health.

The Board of Health hearing on November 27 heard three health experts, two of whom criticized the plane's health impact, while the third called it "a very murky area." Of the dozen members of the audience of about 50 who spoke, all objected to the plane's deleterious effects.

The F-35 has faced local opposition for almost three years, opposition that has grown since the U.S. Air Force released a draft environmental impact statement in the spring of 2012, provoking widespread objections to its assumptions, methodology, and conclusions. To date, the Air Force continues to withhold documents relevant to the criticisms.


No one from the Air Force came to the board of health hearing, nor did anyone from the Pentagon or the plane's maker, Lockheed Martin. None of the Vermont congressional delegation appeared or sent representatives -- not Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy who says he wants the F-35 in Burlington, not independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, who say the same thing. Outspoken supporter Governor Peter Shumlin was absent and so was more tepid supporter Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, both Democrats.

unhappycamper comment: Those external stores can't be very good for stealth ops. But then again they're great for bomb and missile manufacturers.

Is it time to dump this expensive POS?

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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:35 AM

1. This machine has a seat along with all the necessary accoutrements for a carbon based life


form.... I was under the impression that these flying machines no longer need an onboard driver. I guess I am missing something somewhere.

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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:48 PM

2. It still needs a pilot if it is to combat enemy aircraft.

Drones can be jammed and their pilots don't have very good visibility (radar displays are still 2D). Autonomous drones are a long way off.

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