We have already seen evidence that the F35 is a flying disaster… It does not have the stealthy capabilities as promoted by Lougheed Martin… And on top of that it cannot even fly as fast as its competition or is even as maneuverable, due to its ridiculous VTOL engine…. We have also seen already that it has a massive blind spot directly behind the pilot that can be used by enemy fighters to pull in behind this lemon and blow it out of the sky… Then on top of that, we find that the F35 cannot even fly in rain, or even at night…. There seems to be no end to the problems with this poor excuse for a fighter plane, and the list of problems seems to grow daily….
But now comes a new and very dangerous problem that has been discovered about this flying POS… For according to this article, from the "RSN" website, at www.readersupportednews.org, it appears that an F35 has horrific engine oil leak problems, and one aircraft actually burned on a runway in the United Kingdom during testing! Here is that RSN article and I do have my own thoughts and comments to follow:
All F-35s remain grounded. (photo: Air Force)
F-35 Burns on Runway During Testing
By William Boardman, Reader Supported News
27 June 14
One $100 million Air Force plane leaks oil, another bursts into flame
What is clear is that the news out of Florida constitutes a significant PR snafu for Lockheed – and potentially a setback to a program that’s expected to eventually produce upward of $1 trillion in revenues for Lockheed Martin.
To make those potential revenues actual, Lockheed Martin must spend more time building new aircraft, and less time helping the Air Force fix problems with the aircraft it’s already bought and paid for. And with nearly 40% of all potential worldwide sales of the aircraft expected to come from international customers, getting revenues flowing will also require Lockheed to maintain enthusiasm for the plane among potential buyers.
The Brits want the F-35B as part of the ship’s complement. The United Kingdom is the only “tier one” partner on the F-35 development program, which means it’s kicked in some serious money for the F-35 development which started in 2001. They’ve also gained about fifteen percent of the manufacturing pie, with BAE Systems having completed the manufacture of 150 F-35 rear fuselages and tail sets already….
Originally the UK wanted 138 planes, but that has been decreased to 48 probably for cost reasons as with others. The UK owns (sort of) three F-35B now, and has been planning to order 14 more since at least last October…. Now we hear that this fateful announcement for the UK to “order” fourteen more (they have three) faulty F-35B prototypes will be made at the HMS QE naming ceremony where F-35B will be part of the ceremony! Ta-da …
But it’s not funny. No matter who originated the idea for this cheap political stunt, it has no doubt affected the decision not to ground the F-35 fleet after the fire at Eglin, even as they seek the root cause. This puts other pilots at risk.
After this fire [at Eglin], so soon after the grounding of the fleet [for the oil leak], the question becomes clear. Why is the Pentagon ignoring common safety measures all for a publicity stunt in Europe?
Is the program on such shaky ground in the UK that a cancellation of the performance would kill the UK buy? Is the defense ministry so desperate that they would endanger their pilots for an air show?
The answer appears to be yes. Tech is now more important than the lives of our pilots.
NTS Notes: I have had some very harsh comments coming my way about my accusations that the F35 is a disaster and that "if you squeeze it you get lemon juice"….. I have not wavered from my previous statements that this thing is not only a flying LEMON but is a disaster for the American military, and every other air force that gets suckered into buying this POS….
Now we have the latest disaster for the F35 program with this dangerous situation of an aircraft leaking oil during testing and actually bursting into flames… This makes this aircraft a flying deathtrap for any pilot that actually ventures to get into its cockpit!
As I stated many times before, the F35 program should be scrapped immediately, and all countries that have already been suckered into buying this POS should stop their purchase and look elsewhere…. There are many other fine aircraft available from other nations that are vastly superior to this F35 flying wreck….. I heard there are some great SU37 fighters available from Russia for purchase for less than 1/2 the cost of the F35…..
More to come