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Submission + - Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can't Dogfight (

schwit1 writes: A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.

The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon.

Your tax dollars at work.

Comment Re:State monopoly. Good only at first. (Score 1) 257

What you have suggested is a laudable concept in theory. Goodness knows the overhead for medical treatment is unreal. And your remarks as to what health "insurance" really is are undeniable. But what of the American who simply doesn't have the ability to earn a good income, despite the fact that he works hard, and he come up with cancer at 30? Do we as a society tell him that because he, individually, is incapable of earning more money that he gets to die at 30? That, while those of us who pound a keyboard for a living and make good money, get to live? In my mind, all of this boils down not to economics or politics, but to how we view ourselves as a people. Other nations have a cohesion of purpose and place that causes them to feel that every member of their society is deserving of at least proper medical care. And virtually everyone in those societies will state that they are quite willing to sacrifice, to contribute, to that end. I have seen these societies in person, I know this to be the case. I have asked Frenchmen and Germans and Englishman and Danes the same question, and I always got the same answer. Why not us?

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