I feel the exact same way about this aircraft. I went out to NAS Ft. Worth to see this airplane every chance I got, but I can't stand this airplane. What we have here is an F-111. This airplane will be a complete disaster when it finally goes operational. Until then, I can't wait to finally get a good shot of it.
The F-35 was sold to the American people as one airframe for three services, so that parts commonality and training would be simplified. Now we're told that it has less than a 32% parts commonality between the three variants. My Honda has at least a 33% parts commonality with the F-35! Poorly designed tailhook on the Charlie model means that after more than a decade of testing, the aircraft still has not successfully made a carrier trap, and the tailhook had to be completely redesigned. Budget Overruns, delays in operational testing, can't turn, can't climb, can't fight, isn't stealthy, and destroys the last shreds of specialized military hardware in our fleets. The Navy doesn't want it, but now they're stuck with it. Then, there's this travesty. www.pogo.org/blog/2013/03/2013… It's pretty much the worst aircraft that the US Government has ever purchased.
Reading recommendation: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram. www.amazon.com/Boyd-The-Fighte… This book will change your life.