A test pilot who flew the F-35 in a dogfight against the F-16D reports that the new fighter plane is a real dog. The Lighting II has a “distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement.”
Also the hi-tech helmet was so big and ill-designed for the cockpit that the F-35 pilot couldn’t keep visual contact with the opponent during the dogfight. The pilot reported that he couldn’t “see behind the aircraft.”
OK, I’m no expert on combat flying, but if your opponent is behind you, seeing him is probably not going to be a concern for very long.
Perhaps we need to rethink the name of this aircraft. Lightning II seems painfully ironic now.