Interesting tidbit. Craig Hoyle over at the Dew Line reported today on the production rate of the Rafale. If his numbers are correct (and I believe they are) then the F-35 has achieved a production rate almost 3 times higher (if not more) than the vaunted Rafale program. The only thing left for the critics to do is to state outloud..."we were so wrong!"
|Lockheed Martin test pilot Al Norman flew F-35B BF-15 (US Navy Bureau Number 168312) on its inaugural flight on 26 July 2012 from NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas. The aircraft will be assigned to VMFAT-501 at Eglin AFB, Florida.|