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The Air Force Just Cleared The F-35 Fighter Jet For Combat

After a stunning 15 years of development and countless delays, the US Air Force just declared the first squadron of F-35A fighter jets ready for combat. The 34th Fighter Squadron at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base can now go fight bad guys anywhere in the world.

I Wore A $554,000 F-35 Helmet And It Blew My Mind

Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar US F-35 fighter jet program is an embarrassing mess. But it’s hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology’s promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo’s US office with a $US400,000 ($554,212) F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me wear it.

The F-35 Has Big Radar Problems, The Fix Is Hilarious

Now, more than $US1 trillion into its development, the F-35 aircraft is experiencing glitches with its radar systems. US Air Force major general Jeffrey Harrigian explained the problem in an IHS Jane report: “What would happen is they’d get a signal that says either a radar degrade or a radar fail — something that would force us to restart the radar.”

F-35: Seven Years Set Aside For 'Nothing But Bug Fixing'

Dr Keith Joiner was responsible for signing off on the testing and evaluation for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for Australia — of which 72 were ordered for a cost of more than $17 billion, starting over 14 years ago.

Now, due to numerous concerns — among them major software issues — Dr Joiner says “the Senate should put a dirty great big stop work order on any sign-up to any production aircraft that we’ve not already committed to.”

Watch The First Transatlantic Flight Of A F-35 Fighter

Video: The Lockheed Martin F-35 continues to tick off production goals on its journey to ready-for-service status for the nine partner countries — including Australia — involved in its development. Today, one of the first F-35s built in Italy has flown across the Atlantic Ocean to join the F-35 training fleet in Maryland.

Australia Should Buy F-22s, Not F-35s, Says Retired RAAF Wing Commander

A submission to a Senate inquiry into the feasibility of Government’s planned purchase of at least 72 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets says that the multirole planes will be instantly outmatched in air superiority by the airborne wings of competing countries in the region like China and Indonesia, and will fare even worse against future threats. It suggests — hypothetically — that Australia instead push for the F-22 Raptor, a jet that the United States has never sold to even its closest military allies.

Missiles Are Literally Falling Off Britain's Crumbling Jets

While Britain waits (and waits, and waits) for the F-35 to stop breaking, the mainstay of its ground-attack aircraft remains the Panavia Tornado, a ’70s airframe that is not ageing gracefully. Exhibit A: the two Brimstone missiles that accidentally ‘became detached’ during a landing in Cyprus today.

Here's Your New Wallpaper: A Pitch Perfect Photo Of A F-35

I’ve seen lots of publicity shots of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning fighter, one of the most controversial US military aircraft ever, but this photo left me speechless.

See The First Female F-35 Pilot Begin Her Training

Lt Col Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, just completed a training flight as the first female F-35 pilot in the US. Here are photos of her in an F-35A, a fifth-generation single-seat fighter.

Aerial Refuelling Pictures Never Get Old 

Regardless your thoughts on the F-35 program, or billion-dollar fighter jets in general, there’s still something inherently amazing about mid-air refuelling: two man-made machines, probably hundreds of miles from home, hooking up in mid-air and transferring aerial lifeblood from one to another.

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