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July 10, 2018

Paris Air Show (June 20, 2017)

"Lockheed Martin's F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter shows off for the first time in public at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The plane must win over its critics. It cost a staggering $ 100 billion to develop and comes ten years late, after major software rewriting. Some say it fails to beat older jets because it was built as an all-purpose plane. It competes with the Dassault Rafale for customers around the world. The French public enthousiastically applauds the French plane's acrobatics, but F-35 pilots stress their plane's superior slow speed handling and high-angle-of-attack capability, steep vertical climbing and sharp turning allowing for 'square' loopings. Some say the plane's range seems rather limited, but Lockheed responds the F-35 is designed to engage or fire at any target long before it can be detected."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 10, 2018 05:48 AM