BURPELSON AIR FORCE BASE, OMAHA – (CT&P) -The 1.5 trillion-dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is unable to defeat the decades old F-16 in a dogfight, according to a report released last week by the Pentagon.
According to the report, in visual range air-to-air dogfight tests conducted in January between an F-35A and an F-16C, the F-35 was “shot down” by the decades-old F-16 nine out of ten times. In the one instance where the F-35 was victorious it was aided by a flock of geese that flew into the path of the F-16 at a critical moment and collided with it, causing the pilot to eject.
The F-35, nicknamed ‘The Garbage Scow’ or ‘The Widow Maker’ by test pilots, has been plagued with problems from its inception, but the dogfight analysis offered some of the most depressing news yet to USAF officials.
The report stated that F-16 was able to “fly rings around the new jet” and shoot it down as if it were a Sopwith Camel or other World War I flying machine.
The report even goes into what is akin to a fairly desperate move usually only used in one-on-one air combat maneuvers, known as a rudder reversal, that the F-35 is apparently decent at performing at slow speeds. The fact that this was even detailed in the report as a useful tactic is telling. In reality, using such maneuvers means you are probably going to die if any other bad guys are in the area as it rapidly depletes the aircraft’s energy state, leaving it vulnerable to attack.
And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn’t even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet’s cramped cockpit. “The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft.” That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.
The F-16 pilot, Major T. J. “King” Kong reportedly told his commanding officer that it was like “shooting fish in a barrel.”
“It was just like a turkey shoot back home in Lubbock,” said Major Kong. “I could see that poor feller twistin’ and turnin’ in his seat and bangin’ his head on the canopy just like a coon trapped in a shoebox. It was like going up against Snoopy and his flyin’ doghouse, I tell ya. I mean, it shore is a purty plane and all, but I’ll retire before I have to fly one of those junk heaps!”
USAF General Jack Ripper, who has from the beginning been critical of the trillion-dollar aircraft, told Aviation Week that our only hope is that the Chinese copy the plane down to the last detail.
“It can’t fire its cannon, it has trouble flying right side up, it has a tendency to explode during refueling, it has trouble turning and climbing, it can’t fly near thunderstorms, and it’s computer systems are just as likely to target automobiles on the interstate as enemy aircraft. Hell, even its stealth capabilities have turned out to be a drawback ’cause we can’t find the wreckage when one goes down. It’s a trillion dollar piece of shit!”
Despite all of its troubles the F-35 continues to be a big hit with congressmen in whose districts the plane’s parts are manufactured, and with war hawks intent on bankrupting the country through the military industrial complex.
Each plane will cost over $100 billion and runs about $35,000 per hour to operate. The Pentagon plans on building over 2500 of the abominations.
God help us all.