http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-26/air-force-grounds-its-lockheed-f-35s-after-fire.html I used to be a big supporter of the F35 project years ago, the theory was awesome, instead of having tons of different models of planes, and variants, you would have one plane that could do it all. , but it seems these days, it has turned into a huge waste of taxpayer money, which has resulted in a mediocre plane that can't even seem to stay in the sky without catching on fire, crashing, failure of the O2 system, constant complaints from test pilots, poor maneuverability and visibility, can't fly properly in the rain or clouds. And has had so many problems the entire fleet has been grounded several times, there seems to be no progress on it. Its gotten to the point where the RAAF will need to keep purchasing and using F18s. http://elpdefensenews.blogspot.com/2014/03/due-to-f-35-failures-raaf-classic-f-18s.html I am all for defending the country, but not being the world police, and developing new weapon systems. But it just seems like to me, the F35 is just a big welfare check for a product that the pilots hate, and doesn't seem to work in the real world at massive expensive. I would think its time to throw away the F35, and start again. Poll added. If you throw 400 billion dollars at something for over a decade and it still doesn't work as advertised, or work at all in this case. Time to get rid of it. Maybe its time to ditch the F35 and restart F22 production for domestic defense? And upgrade the F18s yet again? I would say yes. Ditch the F35 and start over with a new company. And develop several new single purpose planes, instead of this " master of nothing, failure at all " plane.