Introduction-Select Acquisition Reports (SAR) for the Joint Strike Fighter Program (now F-35)

For the Joint Strike Fighter program the lying started early; and often.

For now you are going to see only a little snapshot. A very, very small one. Tiny actually. Just a small tip of one iceberg.

In order to get the clueless in Congress excited about the military turning over a new leaf and deciding that they needed a joint and “affordable” aircraft, industry and the military had to lie. Funny how this goes against good behavior of an officer but there you are.

It was numbers like this that were quoted to the gullible with the purse strings all the way through the 1990’s and up until the December 2001 Select Acquisition Report (SAR) which was just a few months after the competitive win of Lockheed Martin over Boeing.

In the December 2001 SAR, they throw around all kinds of numbers. The F-35 being any price between the above mentioned one and over twice that. Like the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), EFV and many other things, it was a bold faced lie to Congress by industry and serving officers in the U.S. military. A lie. A lie. A lie. Including the wild assumptions of having the brass to compare F-35 sustainment to F-16 sustainment. Good luck with that. Note also, the F-16D is a two-seat aircraft. But that is only a small example of counting problems of the PowerPoint warrior in this fraud.

You are going to hear a lot more about all of the SARs as it pertains to the F-35 program in the coming days and weeks. It will be a very large field of icebergs.

Photos-F-35B arrival at Naval Air Station Patuxent River




Here are some really good photos from Lockheed Martin showing the arrival of BF-1, the first production representative short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

The Ares blog has more on the story.

Here are the links to the large photos.

F-35B arriving at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

F-35B landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.


A Tale of Two Engines

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…..”

Words from a retired Marine on the F-35 two engine vendor debate.

As the former Director/ Deputy Director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program (1997-2001) and Deputy Commandant of Aviation (2002-2006), I have watched with disappointment over the last few months as those advocates of sole-sourcing the F-35 with only the Pratt & Whitney engine have attempted to spin a tale of myth and innuendo to deliberately muddy the waters around the issue of the competition of the engine for the F-35. Let me set the record straight.

First, there was no JSF engine competition as part of the overall air frame competition. We didn’t compete the JSF engine … it never happened! In 1995, the three primes in the competition selected the core of F-22 engine (119) to power the JSF demonstrators during the Program Definition & Risk Reduction Phase (1996-2001). This was done to leverage the maturity of the F-22’s 119 engine core to not only save money, but also to save time by reducing the cycle time of the phase to meet the milestones in the aggressive demonstration schedule. Although it was simple as that, it was “not” a competition!

Michael A Hough

Lt. General, USMC (Retired)

Continued at ARES

Super Hornets Get Slapped


U.S. Navy F-18E/F Super Hornets are getting an evaluation to see where service life will take them. While kinda new, they are being worked hard.

This is part of an effort to see if there is a “fighter gap” with the Navy.

The important facts to consider in all of this is that the F-35C is yet to do one trap or cat launch or pass OPEVAL, and, legacy Hornets can only be refurbed so far.

The oldest Supers have logged 3,200 to 3,800 flight hours. .