F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Essay

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F-35: The Joint Strike Fighter of the Future Since the beginning of World War I, key military analysts have begun to realize the importance of airpower over the battlefield. It has been said throughout the years that “he who controls the air, also controls the battlefield”. Though some have disputed this statement, the truth has always been proven to analysts after the war when evaluations can be made. The three branches of military that currently use fighter/bomber aircraft are the Air Force, Navy, and Marines. During the military’s vast aviation history, all three branches of service have used separate aircraft. In his book “Ultimate Fighter”, Bill Sweetman, an experienced aviation journalist, states that “if there was one …show more content…
The question was then given to Program Director General Mike Hough. Confused and put on the spot, Hough responded “X-35”. Aldridge, who misheard Hough, then responded “the F-35” (Sweetman 94). The last designation was that given to the recently commissioned F-22 fighter; now a sequence gap had been created and the Pentagon was placed in a predicament. The Pentagon would now have to either admit a mistake, or permit an out-of-sequence designation. After a strong behind the scene’s deliberation, the Directorate of Programs, the final authority, made its recommendation in April of 2002 for an in-sequence F-24 designation. It was too late though; the F-35 designation had already begun gaining momentum and it was officially confirmed in June of 2002 (Sweetman 94). The F-35 had now taken on a very demanding role for itself. For the JSF program to be successful, it would require inventive thinking to meet the specifications laid out by the government. The F-35 was signed on to be used by the three branches of military. This meant that it was going to be made in three variations: the Air Force would use the Conventional Takeoff & Landing (CTOL) variant, the Navy variant would be the Carrier Variant (CV), and the Marines would have the Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant (F-35 Program). The engineers working on the design of the three variants were starting to face challenges at an alarming rate. How

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