Tuesday, January 8, 2013

F-35: 2012 puts program on track

So, with all the critical press, hyperbole, handwaving and teeth gnashing, despite all the program delays and snags, how is the F 35 program doing now? Well it can likely be summed up in this statement by U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base where all the F 35 training takes place:
In his two years at Eglin, Toth said he has been amazed to see the team of airmen, marines, sailors, contractors and civilians come together to focus on the single goal of running safe and effective flying operations.

 “I couldn’t be prouder of the team and the way they’ve responded to the challenges that have been put before them,” he said. “Just to be a part of that makes me so proud.” 
The point? The pride of accomplishment is evident in Col. Toth's remark. The program is on a positive track, and beginning to gain real momentum. It is one reason the critics and become a little less vocal. It is also the reason that they mostly pursue their questionable cost arguments.  They really don't have much else.

Look for another year of positive accomplishment for the program in 2013.


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