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Joint Strike Fighter

Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter Drops Another Load

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

With a projected cost of $388 Billion, the Pentagon's F-35 program is becoming today's poster for what in the 1980s Washington Post cartoonist Herblock depicted as a $600 toilet seat hanging around the neck of then Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger.

Back to the Blue Dog Basics

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

Our country is facing a budget deficit that threatens our ability to operate as a functioning democracy. Whether or not you agree with the Blue Dogs, you have to agree that we need to get the budget deficit under control.

How Much Will Each F-35 Cost?

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Whatever that final unit cost may be, to predict it now will surely be met with derisive laughter from advocates of this ongoing disaster -- laughter that will last only until the actual bill arrives.

F-35 Lightning Vertical Landing Performed For First Time EVER (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

*See video below* On March 18, an F-35B Lightening II stealth fighter jet performed its first-ever short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL). Pilo...

Joint Strike Fighter: We Were Told This Would Happen

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

As the Pentagon's $300 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program continues to unravel, it is useful to remind ourselves who told us all of this would happen, and who might now be making foolish prognostications.

What Now, Icarus? Is Western Combat Aviation Falling Out of the Sky?

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The future of Western combat aviation today rests largely on one airplane: The Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

A Tale of Two Pigs

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The Pentagon has a time honored tradition of assigning PR nicknames to its aircrafts. The moniker of Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "Lightning II," named after its glitzy but unsuccessful WWII fighter.