Throwing this one out there to anyone that is informed about the F-35. Meaning oh it looks cool. It’s gonna have this etc etc. The conversation I’m looking for are comprehensive points about why or why not you think it was worth developing.
For me I think it’s a huge waste of time and money. The F-22, while not a attacker aircraft, does a really decent job of air to ground. Air to Air is second to none as demonstrated. I know that this aircraft is not popular among pilots in the Air Force because it would under perform compared to the aircraft it’s suppose to replace (A-10, F-16). It was not worth ending the F-22 program and the other aircraft upgrading programs to channel a majority of their budget into the F-35.