But the problems with the F-35 began almost as soon as production began. The Pentagon could not decide whether the plane should be designed primarily as a bomber, an air-to-air fighter, or a stealth aircraft. Critics like Wheeler claim that in their attempt to include many functional dimensions, the F-35's designers essentially failed at delivering any.
Above, the U.S. Air Force's F-35 taxis at Eglin Air Force Base, becoming the first such aircraft to arrive to its new home at Eglin.
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