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The F-35 Had A Week Full Of Good And Bad News The F-35 Had A Week Full Of Good And Bad News

Maybe the F-35 program is just not supposed to work out. Despite a week where the system appeared to display a growing sense of maturity, old problems of reliability, pilot hypoxia and lagging airframe deliveries eclipsed progress. But, first, the good news.

President Trump Announces Order For Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Invisible F-35s President Trump Announces Order For Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Invisible F-35s

After distastefully joking to a crowd of Puerto Ricans devastated by Hurricane Maria that they were taking up too much of the budget, Trump later proudly announced in a military briefing that he would be rewarding the armed forces for their relief efforts on the island by ordering “hundreds of millions of dollars” in…

F-35 A 'Great Plane' Now, Thanks To President Trump F-35 A 'Great Plane' Now, Thanks To President Trump

The F-35! It’s “not very good!” It’s “out of control!” It’s comes at a “tremendous cost!” It is also a “great plane” now, because President Donald Trump has fixed it.

The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military program in the world with a total cost of more than $1 trillion. Now, a new Pentagon report suggests that the futuristic fighter jet still has hundreds of deficiencies and won’t be ready for ready for full combat testing until 2019.

Donald Trump Now Asking For Impossible Magic Fantasy Jet Donald Trump Now Asking For Impossible Magic Fantasy Jet

President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting again, and once more he’s tweeting about the F-35 fighter jet. Last week, he said the F-35 program costs have gone “out of control,” and he was right, sort of. Except now his proposed solution appears to be a physically impossible fantasy plane. God help us.

Why Is Donald Trump Suddenly Interested in the F-35? Why Is Donald Trump Suddenly Interested in the F-35?

President-elect Donald Trump sent Lockheed Martin stocks plummeting on Monday morning after he published a hostile tweet about the huge cost of the F-35 Lightning II program.

Donald Trump Thinks The F-35's Costs Are Out Of Control Donald Trump Thinks The F-35's Costs Are Out Of Control

President-elect Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets early this morning, as he is wont to do, this time with one of them aimed at the F-35 Lightning II program. Over the years the Joint Strike Fighter program has grown massively over-complicated and over-budget, but Trump hasn’t yet said what he wants to do about…

The Air Force Just Cleared the F-35 Fighter Jet for Combat The Air Force Just Cleared the F-35 Fighter Jet for Combat

After a stunning 15 years of development and countless delays, the US Air Force just declared the first squadron of F-35A fighter jets ready for combat. The 34th Fighter Squadron at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base can now go fight bad guys anywhere in the world.

Does Israel Want Us To Fuck This Plane Or What Does Israel Want Us To Fuck This Plane Or What

Today marks the rollout of the first Israeli F-35 and their publicity image is, uh, romantic.

Woman Convicted For Conspiring To Export American Military Jet Engines Woman Convicted For Conspiring To Export American Military Jet Engines

Last week the Department of Justice announced the conviction of Wenxia Man by a federal jury. The crime? Conspiring to export military jet engines and drones to China. Not plans. Not components. Entire jet engines and drones.

I Wore a $400,000 F-35 Helmet and It Blew My Mind I Wore a $400,000 F-35 Helmet and It Blew My Mind

Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar F-35 fighter jet program is an embarrassing mess. But it’s hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology’s promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo’s office with a $400,000 F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me…

How The Air Force Can Avoid Turning The B-21 Into An Expensive Mess Like The F-35 How The Air Force Can Avoid Turning The B-21 Into An Expensive Mess Like The F-35

The United States is getting a brand-new bomber, called the B-21, for the first time since the 1990s. That’s normally the sort of thing defense-minded types like to hear, but U.S. Air Force programs of the past few decades have a tendency to go completely off the rails. These are the questions that the American…

The A-10 Warthog May Be Kept Out Of Retirement By Law The A-10 Warthog May Be Kept Out Of Retirement By Law

The U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II AKA “Warthog” has become one of the most-recognized and beloved warplanes since it started flying in the 1970s. We’ve been hearing about its impending retirement—and the reason many in the armed services community are against that—for ages, but proposed legislation could keep it…

The F-35 Has Big Radar Problems and the Fix Is Hilarious The F-35 Has Big Radar Problems and the Fix Is Hilarious

Now, more than $1 trillion into its development, the F-35 aircraft is experiencing glitches with its radar systems. US Air Force major general Jeffrey Harrigian explained the problem in an IHS Jane report: “What would happen is they’d get a signal that says either a radar degrade or a radar fail—something that would…

Here Are All the Awesome Vertical Landing Jets in History Here Are All the Awesome Vertical Landing Jets in History

We all know how badass the Harriers and F-35s of the world are but some of these other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts from history are totally wild. The Williams X-Jet was essentially a flying one-man podium barrel thing. The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was legitimately a man-made flying saucer. And so…

The Pentagon's New List of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful The Pentagon's New List of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive military program in the world, so it should be no surprise that the F-35 aircraft is loaded with powerful weapons controlled by powerful computers. Unfortunately, the guns don’t fire yet, and the computers still don’t work right.

Watch the first aerial test of the F-35's gatling gun Watch the first aerial test of the F-35's gatling gun

Woo, boy. Here’s video showing Lockheed Martin conducting the first aerial test for the F-35’s gatling gun. Called the GAU-22/A, the weapon can pop off 3,300 25mm rounds per minute. The gun fires so fast that your eyes might miss it. Even though the test was successful, the GAU-22/A won’t be combat ready until 2019…

The crazy simulator where pilots learn how to fly the F-35 The crazy simulator where pilots learn how to fly the F-35

How do pilots learn how to fly a fighter jet that cost a trillion dollars to develop (or a $100 million a pop to make)? By hopping in a total bad ass simulator that mimics everything about the F-35 in basically the sickest video game ever. The pilots in the simulator look like they’re flying some space age ship, with…

Missiles Are Literally Falling Off Britain's Crumbling Jets Missiles Are Literally Falling Off Britain's Crumbling Jets

While Britain waits (and waits, and waits) for the F-35 to stop breaking, the mainstay of its ground-attack aircraft remains the Panavia Tornado, a ‘70s airframe that is not aging gracefully. Exhibit A: the two Brimstone missiles that accidentally ‘became detached’ during a landing in Cyprus today.

The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.

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