Citing cost saving measures, the Commander of the 57th Combat Wing has donated a F-35 to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
At the 21 March Going Away Ceremony, Wing Commander General McClatchy was heard to say;
“We weren’t really using it. We’ve only got one pilot and didn’t have anywhere to put it. My wife mentioned that it would be nice to give it to a museum. After completing analysis study, it was determined that we’d save gobs of cash by giving the jet away.”,
One F-35 remains at Nellis AFB where it is dusted daily.
At first,, the director of the National Air and Space Museum was skeptical of the gift.
“We have budget problems just like the Air Force. We were thinking about giving it back or maybe sending it to the shredder.”
It was when it was being placed on display that the staff was shocked to see the $137 million dollar airplane transform itself into the Autobot “Breakaway”.
“This was a horse of a different color. We put him right to work.”, said the museum director. Breakaway was immediately hired as a janitor and went right to work. “He never takes a break. Hell, I don’t think he sleeps. Best of all he doesn’t belong to a union.”, the director went on to say.
In a hastily called news conference, the Director of the National Air and Space Museum announced the firing of the entire janitorial staff.
There is only one of them so far and it has flown seven times. It has had a mysterious ground abort at Pax River awhile back and to my knowledge hasn’t flown since.
Packaged as the Joint Strike Fighter, it will be flown by all of our services and as many allies as we can convince.
We have tried this before. In the sixties Defense Secretary Robert McNamarapushed the idea of a universal fighter plane. It resulted in a rounding success, the F-4 Phantom and an utter disaster, the F-111. Before you Aardvark fans go berserk, yes the F-111 became an historically great aircraft. For the Air Force. As a Joint Fighter it never cut it. It was too heavy for carrier operations which left the Navy and Marines high and dry. This was after the “Weight Reduction Program”, the “Super Weight Reduction Program” and the (I’m not making this up) “Colossal Weight Reduction Program”. The result was a snub nosed version of the F-111 that still didn’t have the range or the payload to get off of a deck.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m hoping that the F-35 turns out to be everything it’s designers (and the DoD) says it can be. On the other hand, aren’t we reinventing the wheel here? History repeating itself?
Australia, God Love them, has agreed to go ahead with the F-35. However, there are questions being raised on whether the F-35 is right for Australia. This video raises more than a few good points. It begs the question, “Is the F-35 right for America?”