Air Force Pilots Told Us Why They Love the F-35 (Yes, More Than the A-10, F-16 and F-15)
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John Venable

Security, Americas

Here are their insights.

Key Point: The gains and contracting lessons gleaned through development of the F-35A program are significant.

Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves.

A total of 174 U.S. pilots currently have been trained...

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