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The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

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We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

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preacher1
preacher1 5
Hunk of Junk. "We won't dogfight anymore. We don't need a gun". Somebody forgot to tell the North Vietnamese MIG's as they came out after gunless F-4's.
jdriskell
Maybe the F-35 is the new FTX. Johnson and McNamara strike again!!
oowmmr
oowmmr 1
With all the counter measures how could somebody get jumped? Seems they'd be firing a missile from the distance.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I'm wondering how they can dogfight with no gun anyway. Last I saw, a gun would not be available until about 2020 or so and then would only shoot about 600 rounds.
lboyette
Lloyd Boyette 1
Here is another article on that from ARSTechnica. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/06/report-in-test-dogfight-f-35-gets-waxed-by-f-16/

It's really sad when the plane it's meant to replace can kick its arse. Epic fail.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 1
Well if it can't fly fast because of excessive fuel burn and can't dog fight just make it the replacement for the A-10.
Helicrazy14
Your actually close, the F-35 was always meant to replace the A-10 not the F-16. It's the F-22 that is meant to be the new dogfighting aircraft. There's a reason why the F-35 is called Joint STRIKE Fighter
s2v8377
s2v8377 0
Bring back the "fighter mafia"!!! They knew how to design airplanes!!! F-15 and F-16, need I say more!!!
btweston
btweston 2
Actually the fighter mafia is what gave us this useless fighter in the first place.

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