New Delhi, July 26, 2018: Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the most expensive aircraft in history, “is almost like an invisible fighter,” in the words of US President Donald Trump; however, a new report indicates an Israeli version of the warplane showed up on a publicly accessible flight tracker on the web.
The jet was detected by flight tracking site Flightradar24.com flying north along the Israeli coast after taking off from Nevatim Air Force Base, the Aviationist reported Monday.
As noted in an essay published by Scientific American via The Conversation, the ‘stealthy’ F-35 is not invisible to the naked eye. The aircraft does not have an invisibility cloak like the one from the Harry Potter series, unless Trump declassified the existence of this technology with his comments from last year. Its “low-observability” feature is, however, supposed to reduce the plane’s “radar cross signature.”
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive weapons program in US history. On Monday, The Dallas Morning News reported that Lockheed Martin was hiring another 400 technicians, mechanics and factory-line workers to assist the company in its quest to build more F-35 aircraft.