(Change just a few labels on the above artwork and you got it for the F-35 program)
The F-35 program has shown more trouble reports The Wall Street Journal.
Producing well over 100 F-35s now with more on the way, and what is the lasted FUBAR?
The US DOD program manager has stated that maintenance methods were not as well thought out as they should have been. This is interesting considering the huge weight in marketing hype on this very matter since (and before) Lockheed Martin was awarded the Joint Strike Fighter contract back in 2001.
More, they have not, again, after building well over 100 aircraft with more on the way, figured out something as bread-and-butter as fasteners used to connect panels to the aircraft.
One problem is that the F-35’s designers paid more attention to how fast and stealthy the plane would be, and less on how complicated and expensive it could turn out to be for maintainers. “Their influence in the design process is always far less than the guys who are worried about the performance of the aircraft,” Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the military head of the F-35 program, said of those charged with planning the jet’s maintenance.
While the F-35’s reliability has improved, he said it isn’t at the stage where it should be.
For example, the fasteners that held on its high-tech, radar-evading panels kept breaking. “They were falling into the airplane, and we had to go find them,” said Gen. Bogdan. The parts have been redesigned, but it will take at least two years to replace all of them.
"Paid attention to how fast and stealthy the plane would be"... yet failed at that too.
-Time's Battleland - 5 Part series on F-35 procurement - 2013
-Summary of Air Power Australia F-35 points
-Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week and the F-35
-U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) F-35 reports
-F-35 JSF: Cold War Anachronism Without a Mission
-History of F-35 Production Cuts
-Looking at the three Japan contenders (maneuverability)
-How the Canadian DND misleads the public about the F-35
-Value of STOVL F-35B over-hyped
-Cuckoo in the nest--U.S. DOD DOT&E F-35 report is out
-6 Feb 2012 Letter from SASC to DOD boss Panetta questioning the decision to lift probation on the F-35B STOVL.
-USAFs F-35 procurement plan is not believable
-December 2011 Australia/Canada Brief
-F-35 Key Performance Perimeters (KPP) and Feb 2012 CRS report
-F-35 DOD Select Acquisition Report (SAR) FY2012
-Release of F-35 2012 test report card shows continued waste on a dud program
-Australian Defence answers serious F-35 project concerns with "so what?"
-Land of the Lost (production cut history update March 2013)
-Outgoing LM F-35 program boss admits to flawed weight assumptions (March 2013)
-A look at the F-35 program's astro-turfing
-F-35 and F-16 cost per flying hour
-Is this aircraft worth over $51B of USMC tac-air funding?
-Combat radius and altitude, A model
-F-35A, noise abatement and airfields and the USAF
-Deceptive marketing practice: F-35 blocks
-The concurrency fraud
-The dung beetle's "it's known" lie
-F-35's air-to-air ability limited
-F-35 Blocks--2006 and today
-The F-35B design is leaking fuel
-ADF's wacky F-35 assumptions
-Gauging performance, the 2008 F-35, Davis dream brief
-Aboriginal brought out as a prop
-Super Kendall's F-35 problem
-LM sales force in pre-Internet era
-History of F-35 engine problems
-JSF hopes and dreams...early days of the Ponzi Scheme
-2002--Australia joins the F-35 program
-Congressional Research Service--Through to FY2013, F-35 has received $83.3B in funding
-F-35 choice gives Dutch a shocking high cost per flight hour
-More indications that the F-35 is a failed program