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Amazing what you can do with $3bil, no?
Current contractual unit price is below that of an F-18 Super Hornet. Yes there were overruns but supersonic steath STOVL fighters with the kind of data integration and situational awareness that the F-35 brings to the fight was not ever going to be cheap.
I don't believe all F-35s have VSTOL capabilities. Am I wrong? How much for this model?
I think it's the F-35C that's slated for Navy/Marine will be VSTOL
F-35A - Conventional - Air ForceF-35B - STOVL - Marines - For landing on amphib carrier as shownF-35C - Carrier Variant - Navy - Folding Wings, beefed up landing gear
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Ever the cheapskate, I wondered what its fuel consumption is in the hover. Any ideas, anyone?
In the immortal words of pepe LePeuw: Le yawn.Calm, clear, flat ocean, windless day.Call when they do it at night, in Sea State 4, with 20-knot gust crosswinds.Then throw in battle damage.Gonna need a lotta rescue helos to service those birds, while they last.