The challenge of keeping the F-35 up in the air while keeping costs down

From a Key Publishing special magazine on the F-35, David Isby provides an insightful overview of the untamed issue for sustaining the Lightning II fighter.

The cost of operations and sustainment (O&S) is critical for the future of the F-35 Lightning II. At a hearing in Washington DC on April 28, 2022, Congressman John Garamendi, chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee, said bluntly: “We’re not going to buy more planes until we figure out how to maintain them.”


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