F-35B: A Less-Than-Capable Platform

  title={F-35B: A Less-Than-Capable Platform},
  author={Erich Allen Peterson},
Abstract : Nicknamed "Lightning II," the F-35 is a family of conventional take-off and landing, aircraft carrier-capable, and short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft. Arguably the most controversial of this family is the F-35B STOVL variant, which is destined to replace the USMC's aging F/A-18 and AV-8B fleets. While the mantra "newer is better" is typically the rule, the STOVL variant is an exception. The F-35B will prove to be a less-than-capable platform due to its limited ordnance… CONTINUE READING