5032F-35 Cant turn cant climb cant run ?!
- Nov 11, 2013the "F-35A is `Double Inferior' relative to modern Russian/Chinese fighter designs in visual range combat."
It doesn't do well compared to some of the legacy aircraft it is replacing either, according to his presentation slides. The F-35 is optimized for a strike mission, "not air-to-air maneuvering combat." Its "Thrust loading is significantly inferior to F-15, F-16 and F-22," which means it has "Slower acceleration, slower climb, more energy bleed in tight turns." Plus, according to Stillion, its "Wing loading is high comparable to F-105" (this is a not a complement) so it is "Less agile and requires higher thrust to maintain a given turn radius and speed."