Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How did Lockheed Martin get this wrong about the F-35?

Lockheed Martin made this statement on their page about "5 facts you didn't know about the F-35"...
1. The F-35B is the first supersonic STOVL aircraft
For the first time in aviation history, a short-takeoff and vertical-landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft flew past the sound barrier. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Matt Kelly flew the F-35B STOVL test aircraft, known as BF-2, to a speed of Mach 1.07, or 727 miles per hour on June 10, 2010. The test took place at 30,000 feet near Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
How could they get something so simple so wrong.  There have been several STOVL/VTOL airplanes that have achieved supersonic speed....How about the YAK-141..
You don't like Russian aircraft?  How about we dip back in time to the EWR VJ 101 VTOL aircraft?

You're old skool and the German's piss you off?  How about the French Dassault Mirage IIIV?

So am I playing "gotcha" with Lockheed Martin?  Nope, not at all.  I am saying that they're reaching...twisting history....ignoring facts....all in the hope of painting the F-35 in a favorable light.

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