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A Tale of Two Pigs

A Tale of Two Pigs

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program bears a striking resemblance to a legendary fiasco of the 1960s, the F-111 Aardvark. In the Afrikaans language, 'aardvark' mean 'ground pig' a fitting description for two of the most over-priced, under-performing weapons systems in modern times.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program bears a striking resemblance to a legendary fiasco of the 1960s, the F-111 Aardvark. In the Afrikaans language, 'aardvark' mean 'ground pig' a fitting description for two of the most over-priced, under-performing weapons systems in modern times.

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 A  
 
Tale
 
of
 
TwoPigs
Winslow T. WheelerPierre M. Sprey
 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter projectbears a striking resemblance to alegendary asco from the 1960scalled the F-111 Aardvark
 
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he pentagon   i- ii  iipr ick  i ic. T ik  Lck’
-35 Ji Sik Fih i “Lihi II,”  
Lckhee’ lzy b he nccel wwii he, he
p-38. A cy lk  h c  h -35’ k icvici vic h w     w   hjs, qickly.Th li  h Ay Ai C i h ly 1940  vi h b y, h p-38 w h hih ch hih c w  i i. I i wi i (wih
cne-n  n b-che), cycle lnne, nle eel cl cnen, n  cl -
 i. A  i wh h c b $50,000, i
cck  $100,000 k. Ev , i     blyi  i   ll,  il, -clibiMci  Fck-Wl  i   b i
 h ki v Gy   h i v  h 
e eecve, hl--exenve p-51. Relee  he -
 l  cic    i E,
ly n Ily, he p-38 ve el eqlly neqe n
History at a glance. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, top, the P-38 Lightning, center andthe P-51 Mustang, bottom.
 
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n ck;   ly  fble n  ely
w by if  chi  .
Si i  -- iy   p-38,  Li-
i II ik i     h -35. Di h -35’
i ( ill i) $122 illi  cy ic , Ai Fc   vc  i i  l-ic,
ble e n he-bbe. Thh henly
vb wih
evey hh echeh n 
ici i 
vii bc-
cy n he Penn
cn c n, he
Lii II i -
ly  nee, benlle e hn che  e-exn --n --nechnly
lbeh vly eclexe c-e .
Th p-38 Lihi
 he eny-ceny   elyn, eeclly 
h wh hl h
p-38 n neeve
hih .
I  i  
ivi ci wh ci i ,   hiiclly cc
ik   -35 l b “Avk II.Avk li-lly ‘ i’ i Aik   ick il (
TOP
: The F-35 Lightning II.
BOTTOM
: The F-111 Aardvark. Callingthe F-35 ‘Aardvark II’ is an indictment o both aircrat and the
military-industrial complex that produced them.

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