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Sep 22, 2009



The F-35 is the same kind of jet as the F-22 with one fewer engine. It uses the same construction techniques, the same composite materials, the same stealth coatings. The aircraft design is less stealthy than that of the F-22, so it relies even more so on the coatings than the F-22 did. So are we supposed to believe the F-35 is the savior of the USAF when the F-22 was it's albatross? That's just stupid. The F-35 will cost $100 billion to develop, it will cost $100 million per airplane to buy, and it won't even be able to maintain the 60% mission availability rate the F-22 has. Gates is transforming the military the same way Rumsfeld did. It's going from bad to worse.

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