Periodically I do come across articles that show again and again how seriously flawed the entire F35 program is flawed, and I want to present one right here that comes from the "Reader Supported News" website, at www.readersupportednews.com. The article is entitled: "F-35: Zombie Fighter-Bomber Of American "Defense" Fantasies?" and contains many important facts about why this entire program is indeed a fiasco and backs up everything I and others have stated for quite some time now about WHY this entire program should be shelved..... Here is that informative article right here, and I do have my own comments to follow:
F-35: Zombie Fighter-Bomber of American "Defense" Fantasies?
Air Force future flying high in expense after burning up on the groundfficially, the U.S. government is “still hopeful” that its nuclear-capable F-35, already the world’s most expensive war machine, might someday work as promised more than a decade ago.
- Failure to Adequately Address Mitigation under NEPA;
- Failure to Address Conflict with State and Local Law under NEPA;
- Failure to Address Socioeconomic Impacts under NEPA;
- Failure to Identify and Evaluate Harm to Historic Properties under NEPA;
- Failure to Consider the Current Management Practice of Discontinuing the Vintage of F-16 Jets Located at BIA [Burlington International Airport] as the No-Action Alternative or a Reasonable Alternative under NEPA;
- Failure to Consider the Low-Probability Catastrophe Impacts of Exposure of the Public to Extraordinarily Toxic Particles and Fumes of Burning Carbon Fiber and Stealth Coatings under NEPA;
- Adoption of the Mitigation Report Without Notice to the Public as Required by NEPA;
- Violation of NHPA.
- The Air Force admits that “the [18 F-35s basing] decision is estimated to result in approximately 2,000 additional people being affected by noise in excess of 65 dB,” the decibel standard for rendering an area “unsuitable for residential use.”
- The Air Force admits that it is “now implementing a mitigation and that the mitigation plan was not made available for public comment” as required by federal law.
- The Air Force admits that “studies exist suggesting that high levels of aircraft noise are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and childhood cognitive impairment and that continuous exposure to high noise levels well in excess of 65 dB will damage human hearing.”
- The Air Force admits that the 24 F-35s basing alternative “would cause an additional 672 acres to experience 65 db DNL noise. Within this area, an additional 3,117 individuals and an additional 1,444 households would experience 65 db DNL [day-night average sound level] noise as compared to existing F-16 noise.”
- The Air Force admits that it ignored financial impact on the City of Winooski or on a variety of homeowners, as required by law. The Air Force admits that an “appraiser found an average loss of value of $33,534 per home in those areas of South Burlington already affected by 65 db DNL of military aircraft noise” and does not dispute the finding.
- The Air Force admits that, while it identified two historic districts that would experience excess noise, “It did not identify the individual properties within these districts or determine the number of those individual properties. The Air Force admits that it reported falsely “that the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) had verbally concurred in the Defendant’s conclusion of no adverse impact on historic properties” when that had not occurred. The Air Force admits that, in fact, in a May 2012 letter, that officer had identified significant potential for harm to historic properties from F-35 activity and raised questions that the Air Force did not answer, as required by law.
- The Air Force admits that NEPA requires an assessment of a “no action” plan and that “The alternative consisting of no military jets at BIA was not discussed and its impacts were not disclosed in detail comparable to that of the proposed action,” as required by law.
… this latest development is just part of a series of problems plaguing the F-35, which now has a revised price of $398.6 billion just for accusation and development. Accordingly, this leads to the question: Is it time to kill the F-35?
... failure to appear at both [British airshows] could cost Lockheed F-35 sales, as several countries are "weighing orders" for the F-35 and a grounding isn't exactly the best sales pitch…. recurring engine problems could be cause for investor concern – no matter how advanced it is, a warplane isn't much good without a working engine.
From the beginning of the program, Defense Department officials signed up eight international partners, including Canada. Since then, they’ve crossed the globe looking for additional foreign government customers with some success. Japan and Israel have agreed to buy some of the planes, while South Korea appears likely to make the F-35 its next fighter jet as well. But as Canada shows, not everyone is sold on what has become the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history…. Some fear that if nations such as Canada balk, there could be questions about the long-term affordability of the program.
By the time the Lockheed Martin F-35 is fully combat-ready in 2018, it will be well on its way to 50 percent of the global jet fighter market. That success, unprecedented in the history of military aviation, could push U.S. and European current-generation fighters – which do not have the stealth capabilities of the F-35 – out of production for good….
NavySubNuke • 2 months ago
actually what is scarier is talking to an actual test pilot - the one (I admit one is a poor sample size but it is all I've got) I talked to is begging to go back to hornets after flying this. He said something along the lines of low capability boondoggle….
Diogenes • 2 months ago
Persistent whispers of brittle turbine blades that shatter and get sucked into engine still swirling around ... USMC testing in AZ had such a problem it is said ... ninjacat • 2 months ago
What do you know about this plane that you are calling it a failed project? so lets see cut the plane, lay of thousands of people, use to money to fund welfare while national security goes further down the tube havent you learned anything from the ongoing border crisis ? or are you to dense to even comprehend how all of this work?... tylersocal • 2 months ago
Welcome to aircraft development. If this was easy, every country would have their own version of an F35. acmavm • 6 days ago
And maybe theirs wouldn’t burst into flame.
NTS Notes: A few corrections are needed in terms of this article's findings, including the fact that "STEALTH" itself is a massive fraud... The article does touch on the idea that Stealth "may not work" considering Chinese and Russian developments in radar technology. However, it misses the key point that stealth itself is a sham, and a massive lie... I have shown in previous articles at this blog strong evidence and actual videos where experts have come out and stated clearly that "stealth" has been a fraud all along and has been one of the cons used to convince governments to buy this F35 piece of crap! The bottom line here is that everyone has been suckered in by the fraud of "stealth" to this very day and its about time they learned the reality that it is in fact truly a scam....
One other point of course is the cost of this boondoggle, especially to the taxpayers living in the United States... The article states that the cost is now some 398 billion dollars so far... But the reality is that if and when they ever get their "1800" or so planes up and working, the program will exceed the TRILLION dollar mark and the United States will be stuck with a plane that is vastly inferior to what the Chinese and the Russians have even right now....
My recommendation has always been that people go to their "elected" representatives and demand that they put a halt to this piece of crap aircraft... It is too slow, too bulky, cannot fly in rain, lacks firepower, does not have an effective operating range (VTOL engine guzzles fuel at an alarming rate), is NOT stealthy, and would not survive in a true dogfight with "enemy" aircraft, period....
Now, if nations that wake the hell up and stop this stupid rush to war with Russia, then they may yet see and actually purchase one of the finest true fighter aircraft available today... I came across the following video that shows the Russian made Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft in action at a recent airshow, and from what is displayed, this machine truly is fantastic and is available for purchase at a FRACTION of the cost of the F35 lemon.. Here is that video:
I am still crossing my fingers that the numbskulls in the Canadian government will end their buying into the F35 fiasco for replacement of the aging F18A fighters for defense of this nation.... Many fine aircraft such as the Su35 shown above are available and others others that are superior to the F35 flying lemon are clearly available for purchase....
More to come