What’s it like to dogfight in an F-35?

Last year the news came out that the F-35 was beaten in a dogfight by the F-16. The story was just the latest in a series of worrying reports about just how effective an F-35 Lightning II will be in combat.

Yesterday, an article appeared in The Aviationist written by a Norwegian pilot experienced in both the F-16 and the F-35 describing how the Lightning II offers him far more advantages than the F-16 in combat.

You can read it by clicking here.

I would be fascinated to hear your thoughts afterwards by commenting below.


10 responses to “What’s it like to dogfight in an F-35?

  1. It couldn’t be clearer. Major Hanche attests that the F-35 has “real bite” and is superior and more reactive in almost every respect to the F-16. I think that, for some reason, many people want the F-35 to fail. Why that is, is a question I can’t answer.

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  2. An interesting review. All the supposition that has been flying around and the run of development issues have not done this aircraft any favours. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, if it can out perform the opposition and come out on top, then it’s good.

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  3. One relevant thought that occurred to me last night. When the RN phantoms were retired, and just before the Falklands conflict, the Sea Harrier was all but written off as a dogfigter. Change can often produce a thoroughbred. Ask Lt. Cdr. “Starkey” Ward, which aircraft he’d have rather taken to the South Atlantic. As Andy said – sceptics hate change. We should all embrace progress.

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