I've written before about the US F-35 Lightning II strike aircraft and its manifold problems.
Now two of the foremost authorities on fighter and strike aircraft development from the 1970's and 1980's, major figures behind the F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt II programs, speak out to a Dutch television program, NOVA, about how they view the F-35. They're not complimentary at all.
First, here's Pierre Sprey.
Next, Winslow T. Wheeler.
Of course, we don't yet know whether the F-35 program - designed from the perspective that dogfighting is over, and that beyond-visual-range radar-guided missiles will decide future air-to-air engagements - will be successful in combat. If the visionaries are correct, it probably will be. On the other hand, if Messrs. Sprey and Wheeler are correct - and so far, history has shown in every single air power conflict that they are - then the F-35 is a dog in the making.
Time will tell . . . and our pilots, and those of our allies, will have to find out the hard way. Meanwhile, as a student of history, I'm willing to bet that Messrs. Sprey and Wheeler are more likely to be right than those who have succeeded them in the US defense bureaucracy.