The Disaffected Lib: The F-35’s Very Huge and Obvious Achilles’ Heel

We know that a lot of top US military types have lost their passion for the F-35 light attack bomber.  A recent report from the Pentagon’s Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments put it this way: [It] will not be able to operate effectively or efficiently against anti-access/aerial-denial (A2AD) weapons and doctrine being developed by ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why Does the F-35 Have Just One Engine? Blame It On Those Damned JarHeads.

A huge limiting factor of the F-35 is that it has just one engine.  In a vast, sparsely populated country with extreme weather (yes, that would be Canada), twin-engine reliability is a huge bonus.  One engine goes out – from a bird strike or mechanical failure, whatever – and you’ve still got one to let ...

The Disaffected Lib: China’s Second Stealth Fighter Takes to the Skies

China has flown its second stealth fighter, the J-31, the smaller cousin to its previous model, the J-20.   A look at either of them reveals the classic, Lockheed-Martin, F-22 Raptor pedigree. Unlike the F-35 limited range, modest payload, marginally maneuverable light attack bomber, the Chinese 20’s and 31’s appear to be actual fighter aircraft.   Stealth ...