Translation: The F35, which was supposed to be the ne plus ultra of warplanes, capable of levitation and flying backwards, outmaneuvering and outfighting everything else in the sky, invincible and invisible, has proven that it can be relied on to do something other than suffocate its own pilot only when it is used as an AWACS platform. This is about like saying the Army is happy to discover its newest tank is most useful when employed as a portable radio.
Congratulations, USAF. You have proven Arthur T. Hadley correct. When the AF says “We built this to advance the state of the art,” what they really mean is “We’ve spent 10 billion on this dog and we can’t even get the doors shut.”