Our translation from a German language article in contra-magazin.
F-35 disaster flier: The point is to spend money ... to send it to Lockheed
Pierre Sprey, the "father" of the air power that makes the US makes great today, that is, the F16 and A10, issues a crushing verdict on the so highly acclaimed Lockheed Martin F-35.
by Viribus Unitis
Pierre Sprey was born in Nice in 1937; his family fled to the USA in 1940, when he was 3 years old, to escape the Nazis who occupied France. There he worked as an analyst and program organizer in the Ministry of Defense. The now infamous Fairchild A10 "Warthog" are from a program that he initiated. The German combat pilot Colonel Rudel helped develop the A10. he was very intensively involved in programs such as the F-16, and was critically involved with the F-15. When he talks about planes and their ability to fight, he knows what he’s talking about.
From minute 03:45, assesses Sprey: "it's hopeless in a dogfight." You can guarantee that a 1950s designed MiG 21 or a Mirage, will just hopelessly whip the F-35. In dogfighting it (the F35) is hopeless. You can assume that, guaranteed, the MiG 21 or the French Mirage, developed in the 1950s, will hopelessly outmaneuver the F-35."
“From minute 07:30,” Pierre Sprey says in response to a question. “The point is to spend money. This is the mission of the airplane. It is for Congress to send money to Lockheed. This is the true mission of the aircraft."
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A plethora of articles on the F-35 has appeared in various languages, showing it to be a boondoggle. The viewpoint, expressed in the American periodical National Interest, confirms the above in a comparison between the F-35 and the Russian Su-35. The Russians developed that fighter at a fraction of the cost of the F-35, which is easily outmaneuvered by the Su-35.
Unless the US eliminates the culture of corruption and kick-backs in the military (and in other areas as well) very soon, there is no way that America can stop its slide into irrelevance on the world stage. It will not happen because of “Russian meddling” or Russian “spying” or “propaganda.” Indeed, while the online publication RT (https://www.rt.com/news/) is accused of being a “propaganda machine” by many Democrats, Neocons and people fancying themselves “patriots,” anyone reading their news reports will find that most of them come from reports appearing in the Western msm and most of the rest are from msm or official agencies outside of Russia. The data, much of it embarrassing to the elites, are often available but hidden in inconspicuous places.