Doesn’t matter that the dates for mass producing the Lightnings have been pushed back by two years [which itself was a date that pushed back 4 years from the initial estimate of 2010]. Even as people are closely following the development and testing cycle of the F-35 with all its delays and criticisms [some warranted, most not], CGI gurus at Lockheed Martin have created some awesome imageries of the Joint Strike Fighter in Thunderbird colours.
Me thinks, it may have something to do with placating, restoring confidence and boosting the sagging morale of a lot of American jingos with the sheer awesomeness of the images. All in all a brilliant PR-boosting exercise.
Indulge yourself in a feast of sheer visual delight :D.
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