Pentagon criticizes F-35 contractors but hands over the dough

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

UPDATE: Early flight tests show multiple problems but the program gets new funds just before sequester.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… of the cockpit? These shortcomings are  listed in a 48-page, Feb. 15 Pentagon report obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit group …"

"… hington, and published online this week. Signed by J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s chief testing officer, the report amounted to a detailed and damning …"

"… own to zero hour on the budget sequester, the big contractors building the Pentagon’s over-budget, under-performing, and designed-on-the-fly F-35 Joint Stri …"

"… northern or southern hemisphere. But they managed to get a check from the Pentagon anyway. The funds arrived a few days after a rhetorical shot heard halfwa …"

A close call for the world’s most advanced warplane?

By Douglas Birch

Fuel line leaks and a special vulnerability to lightning are the latest troubles for the Pentagon's advanced fighter jet

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… st one of a number of problems the OT&E report detailed in the Marine, Air Force and Navy versions of the plane, all currently undergoing testing. They inc …"

"… t judged “too complex for field use.” Following the incident at Eglin Air Force base in Florida, the Marine Corps launched a review of what caused the hos …"

"… finished quickly. The two other variants of the F-35, one designed for the Air Force and the other the Navy, were not affected by the glitch because they don …"

"… the kind of performance and maturity” of the other two versions -- the Air Force plane designed for conventional landings and a Navy version adapted to lan …"