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August 18, 2015
Russia's MiG-21 Would Rip Apart America's F-35
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 18, 2015
America's much-touted fifth generation F-35 fighter jet is so bad it would be a sitting duck even for Russia's MiG-21, designed back in the 1950s, famed US aerospace engineer Pierre Sprey told Russian media on Friday. "The F-35 is so bad it is absolutely hopeless when pitted against modern aircraft. In fact, it would be ripped to shreds even by the antiquated MiG-21," Sprey told RT, commenting on a recent expert report, which dismissed the F-35 project as a total failure. The Lockheed Martin ... read more

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