I keep waiting for someone in the US Air Force leadership to gush over the F-35. You know, just something to make the taxpayers feel better about their $300 billion investment in this aircraft. And I mean someone other than Maj Gen CR Davis, the program manager.
Australian Air Marshal Mark Binskin is apparently a huge F-35 fan. In a 1 December dinner speech at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Binskin gave the F-35 the strongest endorsement I’ve heard yet from a national air force leader. I haven’t found these remarks posted anywhere on the Internet, so I can’t give you a link. But Lexis-Nexis has a long quote from an AAP wire story.
“We are looking at what will be the best multi-role aircraft in the world,” he told an Australian Strategic Policy Institute function.
“It will have the best radar, the best defensive system of any of those aircraft in the world.
“It will be supported by the best airborne early warning and control aircraft and the best tanker in the world and flown, maintained and supported by the best people in the world.”
“I’ve got to tell you – the system ain’t going to get any better than that.