A tacit admission by the US Air Force that the F-35 has failed its main mission has triggered an outpouring of outrage from Americans who think the stealth fighter's gargantuan budget could have been better spent on other things.
Frustration with Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth jet flooded Twitter on Wednesday, after Forbes magazine published a story about how USAF commissioning a study into a new, cheaper and lighter fighter amounts to "a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed."
"We could have used this cash to cancel student loans for every person in America," lamented the liberal watchdog Public Citizen, pointing to the F-35 program's estimated $1.7 trillion lifetime cost.
For that kind of money, "we could have completely replaced America's water infrastructure," said environmentalist advocate Erin Brockovich.
"That's enough to house all homeless people in the United States 28 times over,"tweeted Robert Reich, Labor secretary in the Clinton administration.