June 3, 2016
The US Air Force has decided that it will not be sending the F-35A to the Farnboroush Air Show this summer, backing out of plans to send two aircraft. The US Marine Corps will still be sending two F-35B aircraft to the show, however, as part of the first tour of the F-35 at European air show, and the US Air Force will be sending the F-35A to appear at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in June.
Recent tests carried out by the Netherlands suggest that the F-35 isn't as loud as some of its detractors had been warning it might be, and is only slightly louder than the F-16s that the Dutch already fly. The study was based on the "loudness" of the two airplanes, as perceived by Dutch residents near an air base where the two aircraft were both flown at regular intervals.
Despite being late to deliver on its full potential, the F-35s helmet - with its ability to project nighttime infrared imaging on the pilot's visor as well as all-around vision that "see's through" the airplane - remains an impressive technology marvel,
Critics of the program have pointed out that the F-35 isn't mentioned by name even once in the US Air Force's recently released "Air Superiority 2030 Battle Plan"
The US Air Force's outgoing Chief of Staff has suggested that restarting the F-22 production line, although an expensive proposition, is not an altogether unreasonable alternative.
Chinese military officials have denied unofficial reports suggesting that the J-20 fighter jet had already entered operational service, indicating that the new stealth fighter was only now joining in training exercises, and would reach operational units "soon".
Pentagon reviewers have concluded that the close-encounter between a Chinese J-11 fighter and a U.S. surveillance aircraft last week violated the agreed upon interception practices that had been mutually approved by the two nations.
GE's F414 engine won a down-select this week to supply engines for South Korea's KF-X stealth fighter, now under development, winning out in a competition with the Eurojet EJ200.