Yes, the Lightning II is a clusterfuck of Swiss Army Knife JSF-Syndrome and it is a failure and the remaining models used to their best ability (ps bring back the A-10 out of premature retirement, fuckos...what the hell was up with that shit? While I'm at it go back about a decade or so and un-mothball the RAH-66 Comanche anti-armor stealth reconnaissance helicopter and throw some current tech at it, I'll bet that would be versatile as hell with a lot less of pricetag...but I digress.). The Lightning II is a MULTIROLE ATTACKER not a fucking AIR DOMINANCE FIGHTER: The F-35 can be outgunned and caught flatfooted (which configs of the F-35s that were bested would reveal more, as they can be very different: that's one of their meager advantages) by an F-16 Fighting Falcon (possibly the most battle-tested and victorious fighter jet in history, even today), an SU-35 Flanker-E (In any airspace that these jets hunt, unless you're piloting a F-22 Raptor, you got the short stick that sortie...even then I'd give it 4:1 odds.), an SU-27 (I believe it's NATO call is Terminator not Flanker) is just a slightly less BVR-capable SU-35 with supermaneuverability and a bit less ECW ability, no slouch. The F-18 vs F-35 is the most "apples to apples" in this article, but again...how the Lightning II is fitted for the task at hand is crucial to knowing if it got schooled. After all that crap nobody probably cares about I just stream-of-consciousnessed that everyone probably thinks is BS I'll just end it and say: This plane is designed to fit in probably the most devastating and feared attack wing in history flanked by two F-22s. If those 3 planes have been mobilized to be sent against you as an enemy, there should be some serious recalculating of the risk-reward ratio concerning your goals in the scenario you're now in.