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.
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.