VIDEO: F-35′s Plan B is “try harder”

Eight months ago, Lieutenant General Terry Robling took over the US Marine Corps aviation branch. Almost immediately, Robling’s most critical programme — the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) Lockheed Martin F-35B — was placed on probation and threatened by then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with cancellation. This morning, Robling spoke publicly for the first time about the status of the F-35B’s five engineering problems and why the Marine Corps has no other options. The Marines specially asked the event’s organiser, the Navy League, to invite the news media. And so we came, wielding cameras.

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4 Responses to VIDEO: F-35′s Plan B is “try harder”

  1. ELP 29 September, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    The “try harder” bit works better when proper risk analysis is done at the beginning of the program.

    Maybe we need to have Yoda run the JSF P.O.

    “Do or do not… there is no try.”

  2. Amicus Curiae 30 September, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    I love those Star Wars references. Who knew George Lucas was such an expert on the human condition? Maybe George could be recruited to help out with the infinite possibilities of dynamic problems on the open STOVL doors. He would fit right into the team…Industrial Lights and Magic. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi.

  3. alloycowboy 30 September, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    “Try harder” is political speak for shut up and let the engineers do their jobs and fix the problems.

  4. ChrisW 30 September, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Why would a Marine, of all people wear a rug? That is a rug perched on his head isn’t it?

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