"I’m very happy with the technical capability that the F-35 has today, and that it promises to have in the future. As long as we don’t fail to deliver the right numbers of aircraft, that’s going to be an equally compelling capability when we deploy that fleet of 1,763 airplanes."
"People focus on stealth as the determining factor or delineator of the fifth generation [aircraft]. It isn’t; it’s fusion. [...] if anybody tries to tell you 'hey, I got a 4.5 airplane, a 4.8 airplane,' don’t believe them."
"It’s been a unique and fortunate opportunity for us to train with the Marines here [at Eglin AFB]. We’ve been able to partner together and learn a great deal from each other. These lessons have definitely made the F-35 program stronger and helped to lay the foundation for all services on the way we operate the F-35."
"The F-35 is the most advanced fighter in the world. The best part about this airplane getting here today is for the Marines to start working on completing the maintenance training and getting ready to start organic operations within the end of the year."
"It’s extremely responsive, it’s got a lot of thrust and the fly-by-wire control system makes the aircraft simple to fly. [...] My background is the Sea Harrier – a pilot’s aeroplane, a stick and rudder type aircraft. This takes away that sort of demand and frees up the ability of the pilot to operate the mission systems and sensors so that he can deploy the aircraft operationally, effectively"