Cool photo: F-35 achieves first night-time inflight refueling sortie

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Lockheed Martin has released images showing the first night-time inflight refueling sortie involving an F-35, with the milestone having been achieved on 22 March using conventional take-off and landing aircraft AF-4.

As the F-35 continues to take important steps forward, there’s a story in Forbes worth reading about how the plane is “making steady progress towards becoming the best tactical aircraft ever built” and “what happens to major technology programs in a balkanized, distracted political system when there is no urgent danger to push them forward.  Bureaucratic and personal agendas fill the vacuum once occupied by the threat, and so programs seldom stay on track — leaving the nation unprepared when the next big threat appears.”

Continue reading here about the F-35 and six ways to make a bargain seem unaffordable.

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