The F-35 Lightning II is a marvel of aeronautic engineering, design, and construction, but the development and construction costs have been controversial for over a decade, so much so that the program’s primary contractor, Lockheed Martin, was compelled to commit to U.S. Dept. of Defense cost-cutting goals. Those savings have begun to materialize. The F-35 Lightning II is a single-engine fighter capable of ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions by the U.S. Air Force, ...

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