No other subject creates more criticism for this show than the F-35. However, we have to report the data the U.S. military is entirely “factually accurate”. We’ve attached the report in our viewer for you to see for yourself. We’ve also attached the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation’s link at the Pentagon. See for yourself:
Aerodynamics cause the plane to shudder under stress and corrective software denies the pilot the ability to fully maneuver.
The ejection seats will kill pilots under 136 pounds and testing hasn’t even begun for pilots weighing 136 to 244 pounds.
The plane cannot taxi or take-off if lightning is in the area because of the siphon tanks and explosive fires.
On-board software is 8 million lines of code. Ground support is 24 million lines. The software is shutting down the plane despite 80% of reports being false.
The Chinese have already hacked the software and the Joint Program Office refuses to fix vulnerabilities.
A combat computer system couldn’t be tested because the Pentagon thought the tests would break the system.
They couldn’t keep enough planes in the air to fulfill the Operation Steel Knight testing exercise.
The plane can only carry two bombs and two surface-to-air missiles.
If an enemy is encountered, the F-35 “would need to avoid threat engagement” by running away.
Structural flaws force it to slow down in order to open its weapon doors.
The new planes have metal fatigue on the wing structure, fuselage bulkheads, and every door.
You can listen and read the rest. The Pentagon has requested $76 billion this year for the plane. That means about $4.25 million will be spent while you listen to the half-hour show. You decide whether your candidates need to know.
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