The F-35 is declared operational…. sort of….

Combat Aircraft is reporting that the F-35’s first squadron has been declared Initial Operating Capability- IOC. Of course, how close to actual combat ready the airframe really is may be up for debate according to some sources. How accurate that report is, I don’t know.

That’s been part of the problem with keeping track of the F-35 program. While there have certainly been some problems, at this point, it’s hard to filter what is actual problem, and what is simply “haters gonna hate”.

I’ll admit- I’ve not been a fan of the project, but as it gets closer to FOC (Full Operating Capability), things are coming together.

And I hope it continues. We have no choice. This thing has to work.

(Image from CombatAircraft.net. It’s a great magazine that I highly recommend. Subscribe here.)

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By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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