So it can’t dogfight. (Maybe not an issue but probably will be if history shows us anything.) It is also a single engine aircraft which means if one engine goes out, that’s it. Over land the situation may be salvageable. Over the ocean, where an extra engine is particularly valuable, it’s a much tougher spot. The Navy as I understand it wanted a dual engine jet for that reason. Others did not.The F-35 is also a manned aircraft in an era where this is less and less necessary.
And this is just for starters.
(From The National Review)
he F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Congressional Research Service, and various independent air-power analysts: The F-35 program is a mess; it is unaffordable and will not be able to fulfill its mission.
And for no other reason other than that Chuck Yeager called the F-35 a waste of money I am going to shoehorn this clip of Yeager (played by an actor of course) pushing the limits in the movie The Right Stuff.
One of the great scenes in American cinema.