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Editorial: Full Speed Ahead on F-35

Defense News // July 14, 2014

It’s been a tough few weeks for the F-35 fighter program.

What was supposed to be a much-touted international debut at Britain’s premier air shows turned into a PR nightmare after the Pentagon grounded the fleet in the wake of an engine fire.

Despite a race to get the planes back in the air, it remained unclear at presstime on July 11 whether four F-35B short-takeoff, vertical-landing jets would make the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough International Airshow. A jet that was to have been the star of both shows instead became the butt of jokes and raised new questions about whether the jet is worth the massive investment.

That’s nonsense.

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