* Aircraft operating limitations prohibit flying the aircraft at night or in instrument meteorological conditions, hence pilots must avoid clouds and other weather". These restrictions are in place because testing has not been completed to certify the aircraft for night and instrument flight.
* The aircraft also is currently prohibited from flying close formation, aerobatics, and
stalls, all of which would normally be in the familiarization phase of transition training".
* The F-35A does not yet have the capability to train in these phases, nor any actual combat capability, because it is still early in system development.
* Also, little can be learned from evaluating training in a system this immature".
The radar, the pilot's helmet-mounted display (HMD), and the cockpit interfaces for controlling the radios and navigational functions should be improved.
The report also notes that the pilot escape system is not yet reliable, especially if a pilot were to eject over water.
On the blog of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Winslow Wheeler takes a closer look at the full report under the headline: "The Air Force's F-35A: Not Ready for Combat, Not Even Ready for Combat Training."
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