A Brutally Honest Review of the F-35
While it’s been pretty much a given here in the US that the F-35 will be built, come hell or high water, the future of this turkey is still up in the air in the other nations which signed on the dotted line years ago. In nations like Canada, where the price tag for just a couple hundred planes is already over $25 billion, the political controversy has reached the point where support or opposition to buying the F-35 could play a part in next year’s elections.
In response, the CBC has managed to snag an interview with Pierre Sprey, one of the best experts on the difficulties of building fighters in the Pentagon. While many not be familiar with Mr. Sprey’s name, they would be with two of the aircraft he played a major part in designing, and the F-35 is intended to replace: The F-16 fighter and the A-10 attack plane. And Mr. Sprey makes clear just how much of a joke that is: