Why the U.S. is rushing to build F-35 jets

03/25/2010 | TIME (subscription required)

The push to build and fly the F-35 fighter jet is not driven by the need to keep up with huge fleets of jets in rival countries, but rather to concerns about shortages of current F-16 and F-18 jet fighters. Those shortages are being caused because Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered that the planes be retired to pay for the F-35.

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