Is the F-35 the Right Choice? Maybe Not for Canada

  • Jun 20, 2014 11:08am GMT

Pierre Sprey, was interviewed for his opinions on the Lockheed-Martin F-35 as an aviation expert and defense analyst back in November of 2012 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) show, "The Fifth Estate".

"The F-35 was born of an exceptionally dumb kind of piece of Air Force PR spin," says Sprey. "It's a turkey. It's an inherently terrible airplane."

Sprey is one of the original members of the U.S. Air Force's "fighter mafia", led by the famous fighter pilot and military strategist, Col John "Forty Second" Boyd (see "Boyd, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War", by Robert Coram).

He was a significant contributor to the A-10 program and the 1970s-era Lightweight Fighter (LFX) program, which led to the F-16 and F/A-18. Sprey's opinion is one that adds depth and experience to the debate over the F-35 program.

Sprey's expert opinion has some in Canada, much the same as we are in the United States, questioning whether the F-35 is too expensive and not useful enough.