The F-35 is a slug under no load too based on the latest maximums they are using for flight testing.
Flight maneuvering was restricted to 5.5 g’s, 550 knots, 18 degrees angle-of-attack, and below 39,000 feet altitude, and was further constrained by numerous aircraft operating limitations that are not suitable for combat.
Actually, that whole report goes onto say that the F-35 isn't suitable for combat, and the F-35A, back when the JSF competition ended was supposed to become operational in 2011. It's current time frame doesn't put that goal till 2018 or there about. And that is without factoring the current year and a bit delay for operational software that they barely have started on.
So in your comment about "The Super Hornet does not have the capabilities of the F-35", I'll have to respond that a single pilot recreational plane such as a Cessna, according to that DOT&E report has the same capabilities of the F-35.