It is utterly pathetic there are those who still consider the F-35 a serious contender. It is without doubt an over-priced lemon riddled with technical deficiencies and not suited to our needs. Its single engine, short range, and high maintenance costs should have disqualified it from day one. Its costly stealth technology is already out of date as there are radars now that can detect its presence. The aircraft best suited to our needs has to be the key criteria.