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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 05:38 AM

The Most Expensive Warplane in American History Is Too Dangerous to Fly and Just Caught Fire (Again)

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The Most Expensive Warplane in American History Is Too Dangerous to Fly and Just Caught Fire (Again) But They Plan to Spend $1 Trillion On It Anyway
by Abby Zimet
07.10.14 - 3:10 PM

Last week, just days before its long-planned, much-hyped international debut at a U.K. airshow, the entire fleet of the endless boondoggle known as the F-35 II Lightning, or Joint Strike Fighter, has been grounded after one caught fire on a runway, the latest in a years-long series of disasters almost every time it's tried to leave the ground. The plane's current pricetag of $398.6 billion equals a cost of about $49 billion a year since work began in 2006 on a project now seven years behind schedule and estimated to cost over $1 trillion when done. No doubt entirely coincidentally and in no way connected to the fact that the project is still alive, its maker Lockheed has spread its jobs, suppliers and contractors across almost every state, thus ensuring broad support in a Congress whose members want to keep their jobs. If that doesn't make you angry enough, here are a lot of cool things we could have done - provide every homeless person with a $600,000 home, feed every hungry child, fund every current humanitarian crisis - with the money.

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unhappycamper Jul 2014 OP
intaglio Jul 2014 #1
Xipe Totec Jul 2014 #2
Enthusiast Jul 2014 #3
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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 05:58 AM

1. Why are they calling it the F35 Lightening

It should be the F35 Edsel

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Response to intaglio (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 06:09 AM

2. Or the F451

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 09:53 AM

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 09:55 AM

4. They must abandon this F-35 program right now.

If they are going to waste our money on an all-purpose plane they better make sure they get it right.

This is what happens when no one is held responsible for past failures.

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