Editor’s Note: Please see previous works by Robert Farley including Will the F-35 Dominate the Skies?, Five Best Bombers of All Time, Top Five Fighter Aircraft of All Time, Five Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time , the Five Best Submarines of All Time, Five Revolutionary American Weapons of War that Never Happened and Five Revolutionary Soviet Weapons of War that Never Happened.
With the recent engine fire that grounded the entire F-35 fleet (and mostly destroyed one of the few Lightnings in service), critics of the Joint Strike Fighter have renewed calls for a serious review of the program. However, restarting the line would be expensive, and wouldn’t solve the problems of the Navy or Marine Corps. Theoretically, the Air Force could lean on the F-22, the Navy on additional Super Hornets, and the Marine Corps on the F-35B.
The biggest objection with going “all in” on drones is the air-to-air combat problem.  As currently configured, drones make for exceedingly poor air-to-air combatants. And the problem is that almost no one thinks that having robots that can decide to kill on their own volition is a good idea. The United States already has a huge fleet of advanced fighter aircraft, and an industry capable of churning out new airframes.  Why not just update the older platforms?
The following five options are not mutually exclusive, and any strategy for replacing the F-35 would need to borrow liberally from several. No one has seriously entertained an F-22 carrier variant for quite some time, and there is no prospect whatsoever for making developing a variant that could operate from the USMC’s light carrier fleet. However, since the B variant has had the most trouble of the three, this would still leave the Pentagon with an ultra-expensive, performance challenged aircraft. Existing drones lack the speed, maneuverability, and sensor packages to match modern fighters.


This makes drones a continuing option for fulfilling many airpower missions, but means that they can’t do everything fighters can do.  They may be able to do enough, however, to get the United States air services through until the next generation of fighters comes into service. Just before you leave, you look at the weather forecast, and see a remote chance of some thunderstorms in a few hours. The industrial and diplomatic challenges might well dwarf the problems with combat fleet shortfalls.
We have enough experience with the Raptor to know that it will likely be an effective platform moving forward, and to update new models with additional capabilities. Backing your luck, you go anyway, hoping against hope that this is one of those miscalculated, over cautious report. If this turns out to be the case then it’s a hurrah for your sixth sense; but what if the weather forecast was right?
Most of the people err in judgement when encountered with such a scenario, and usually this is a costly mistake!Your best bet in this case is to find a concrete building or a roof.
If no substantial, non-concrete shelter is nearby ONLY THEN get into your car and wait out the storm. Seasonal and climatic conditions can also affect your risk of being injured by lightning.Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania have the most lightning deaths and injuries. In simple words, try to find a safe, enclosed shelter in case you are caught amidst a thunderstorm.The lightning safety guide is based on the 30-30 rule.
This is because lightning can cause electric currents to flow along the top of the ground, and these can be deadly over 100 feet away.Take a shelter in a concrete building, but try not to directly touch the walls or the floor.


Lightning can travel through plumbing as quickly as it can through wires.Avoid using electronic equipment of all kinds. Lightning usually travels through electrical systems like the radio and the television reception systems, and fry them while possibly hurting you.Avoid using landline and corded phones. If you need to use a phone, cordless or cellular ones are safer.Avoid direct contact with concrete floors and walls.
Wear dry, rubber slippers and sit on a wooden or plastic chair indoor.Lightning strikes may be rare, but they do happen. You don’t want to be the 1 out of 500,000 who is hit, as it comes with the risk of serious injury or death.
So take thunderstorms seriously!You can watch the video to learn and follow the safety rules in order to keep yourself safe from lightning strikes.Have any more safety tips? Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.



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