If F-35s are recommended to avoid going in the clouds or bad weather, that means that civilian airliners are more capable than the nation’s latest mililtary jets. That speaks volumes about the state of the U.S. military and what is happening to it. It’s crumbling.
From radars that don’t work, to blurry vision from the aircraft’s sophisticated helmet, to an inability to fly through clouds, the report, which includes pilot comments, paints a picture of a jet nowhere near ready for real-life operations.
The testing, which was supposed to determine whether aircraft the U.S. had already bought from Lockheed Martin were good enough to start training U.S. fighter pilots with, was actually supposed to take place in August 2011. Continue reading