Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight
War Is Boring
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David, this is an interesting report. Amazingly, another pilot disagrees — and not anonymously. USMC Lt. Col. “Chip” Berke is the first operational F-35B pilot, was the only USMC F-22 pilot, flew F/A-18 Super Hornets as a Top Gun instructor, flew F-16swith the USAF, and served as a forward air controller (FAC) in Iraq with the US Army.

This unique fighter pilot compared his experiences flying these different aircraft and the lessons that he derived for future combat and airpower transformation at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Military Studies-Williams Foundation Airpower Symposium in April. View his talk here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxK6O5--9Z0

Needless to say, he disagrees with his F-35 brethren. It is a great 35 minutes of critical reflection on what it means to learn how to fly again from scratch and conceive of air combat very differently than when piloting a 4th-generation F-15, F-16, or F/A-18.

Lt. Col. Berke’s slides are available here: http://cms.polsci.ku.dk/events/integratingairpower/Berke.pdf

You can also read an analysis of his talk at Second Line of Defense: http://www.sldinfo.com/the-fifth-generation-experience-getting-on-with-combat-transformation/

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