Aircraft designer Pierre Sprey, an influential defense analyst who was reportedly instrumental in the development of the F-16 and the A-10 aircraft, explains that the F-35 Lightning II is a useless turkey which which was supposed to be able to perform a variety of different functions but in reality it is not good for anything. It is not good for air to air combat (not maneuverable enough), for close support of ground troops (it cannot fly slowly, it is not maneuverable enough and it cannot stay around for more than about one or one and a half hours to support troops when four to six hours is what is needed for such a role), and it is no good as a bomber (it has a large internal fan to facilitate vertical take off and landing which leaves little room for bombs inside; the bombs cannot be loaded outside the plane and/or under the wings because it is a stealth jet and the shapes of such externally loaded bombs would ruin the stealth quality). Finally the interviewer asks Mr. Sprey what the purpose of the plane was, if it cannot adequately perform all these functions. He explains that the purpose is simply to bring money to Lockheed Martin.
Folks, this is supposed to be the cream of our military prowess. The corruption in this country has spread so far that nothing is working right. If the US goes into war with these jets against any kind of a capable adversary (such as Russia) the US military will get defeated.
Here is the video: