Boeing engineers: We should have won F-35 fighter contract | Puget Sound Business Journal

I think the Boeing engineers were right. When’s the last time LockMart brought a product in on time, on budget?

Many Boeing engineers still grumble that Boeing’s design for the joint strike fighter, not Lockheed Martin Corp.’s, should have won the Air Force contract a decade ago to build the aircraft now known as the F-35.

Lockheed Martin’s October 2001 win cemented its lead as builder of the nation’s most numerous next-generation fighter.

via Boeing engineers: We should have won F-35 fighter contract | Puget Sound Business Journal.

Mind you, the entire premise of the JSF program was deeply flawed. The Marines ridiculous requirements for  a common airframe, rather than simply sharing common components such as avionics and engine core, compromised the other two variants of the JSF.

2 thoughts on “Boeing engineers: We should have won F-35 fighter contract | Puget Sound Business Journal”

  1. When’s the last time LockMart brought a product in on time, on budget?

    Also known as “The Evil LockMar,” a la Heavy Metal.

  2. If you want to count the F-16 which was essentially a General Dynamics product, I think the tax payer has gotten more than its money’s worth out of that airframe. The C-130 is another Lockheed Martin product as well as the F-117. Boeing’s got no room to talk, Dreamliner anyone?

    Given the design challenges with the JSF I don’t think any company could have brought it in on time, and on budget. But that’s sort of an unprovable point isn’t it?

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