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The U.S.'s F35 Stealth Fighter Is Too Heavy and Slow, So the Pentagon Made Its Performance Tests Easier. In other words, they couldn't get the jets to do what they were supposed to do, so they just changed what they were supposed to do.

The Pentagon’s pursuit of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet has been a heartbreaking one. If you’re a tax payer, the program’s estimated $1 trillion price tag probably breaks your heart a little bit. If you’re an aviation enthusiast, the constant whittling away of the do-it-all aircraft’s features, which in many cases actually amounts to adding weight and taking away maneuverability, must hurt a little bit, too.

If you’re just an everyday American, though, you should be downright shattered that after a decade and a fortune spent, the F-35 will actually be more vulnerable than the aircraft it’s replacing. At this point, the Pentagon is literally rewriting its rulebook so that the dumbed-down super jet will pass muster.

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    Everything about the F-35 and F-22 breaks my heart. Just imagine what we could have made if we put those resources...
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  8. mongoosedoge reblogged this from personalseries1 and added:
    Sadly…..yes :(
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  10. hypergiants reblogged this from personalseries1 and added:
    That comment sent my sides into space
  11. personalseries1 reblogged this from thinksquad and added:
    US obesity problem spread to military airplanes?
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    Incredible.
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  15. thefredasaurusrex reblogged this from thinksquad and added:
    wait, the government is wasting money AND changing rules and regulations to suit their needs? I’m so shocked.
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