Most expensive fighter ever — F-35 Ejection Seats will only harm a couple dozen pilots 1st year in service

❝ The F-35 fighter jets’ flawed ejection seats, which Air Force officials said in May had been fixed, still pose a “serious” risk that will probably injure or kill nearly two dozen pilots, according to an internal Air Force safety report that service officials withheld from the press.

The F-35 Joint Program Office — which runs the $406.5 billion initiative, the most expensive weapons program in history — has declined to try to save those lives by conducting less than a year’s worth of additional testing that would cost a relatively paltry few million dollars, the report shows…

❝ Specifically, the 2015 tests indicated 98 percent “probability of fatal injury” for pilots weighing less than 135 pounds when ejecting from the original seat when the jet was too low to the ground to cushion the force of the ejection by the smaller parachute, according to the internal documents.

For pilots weighing up to 165 pounds, there was a nearly one in four chance of fatal injury, the documents showed. In Air Force press releases, that was described merely as “elevated” risk

❝ New F-35s will have the somewhat improved seats, but all but four of the 235 jets that pilots are flying today have yet to be modified…

But, the military-industrial complex is making a boatload of money. Which do you think counts more with the Pentagon or Congress. Profits or pilots?

3 thoughts on “Most expensive fighter ever — F-35 Ejection Seats will only harm a couple dozen pilots 1st year in service

  1. Martin-Baker says:

    “Congress Probes Military Pilot Shortage” (DoD News, Defense Media Activity March 30, 2017) https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1135200/congress-probes-military-pilot-shortage/
    In her testimony before the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee on March 29th Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel Services Lt. Gen. Gina M. Grosso stated that at the end of fiscal year 2016 the Air Force active and reserve components were short a total of 1,555 pilots, including 1,211 fighter pilots. The cost to train a fifth-generation fighter pilot, she noted, is around $11 million.
    “A 1,200 fighter pilot shortage amounts to a $12 billion capital loss for the United States Air Force,” she said.

  2. Whiskey Bravo says:

    Until a few years ago, every branch of the military sponsored NASCAR drivers and sent its recruiters to races. But the NASCAR recruitment drives cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and reportedly convinced only a few young men and women to immediately enlist.
    There was scandal. Congress investigated. The Marines, Navy, Army and National Guard cut most of their ties to NASCAR. But not the Air Force. Despite potentially worrying evidence that it’s wasting the public’s money and its own time, the flying branch is still betting big on NASCAR to bring in new airmen.
    In 2014 the Air Force spent more than $2.3 million sponsoring motorsports firms, sports teams and racing theme parks. Among the deals were various forms of “paid patriotism” — seemingly selfless tributes to the military at sporting events which are in fact Pentagon recruiting efforts in disguise. More than $1.5 million went to NASCAR alone, according to a November 2015 report by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans.
    Between January and September 2014, the Air Force’s booths at NASCAR events netted 18 percent of all new recruits generated by the flying branch’s sponsorship projects, according to a briefing by advertising agency and Air Force contractor GSD&M. http://warisboring.com/the-air-force-cant-quit-nascar/ the Air Force spends an average of $11,000 to recruit a single new airman, according to the RAND Corporation, a California think tank with close ties to the flying branch. But dividing the Air Force’s NASCAR-sponsorship budget by the number of direct recruits the sponsorship netted results in an eye-watering per-recruit cost of $329,000.

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