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Schmidt, please indulge yourself into the reality of the New Sixth Generation Fighter, currently under development by Boeing. Pushing our military hardware is more about politics and jobs. The never ending pursuit of maintaining the edge in world dominance will keep developers, such as, Lockheed, Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas, and Fairchild in business for a long time. Developing commercial aircraft is fine, but as he dollar stretches, there's gold in those military contracts for new military hardware. The F-35 will someday be worthy of an suitable mission, but at the moment it appears to have severe cost over-run and major development issues. Until the New Sixth Generation Fighter gets the go-ahead for major manufacture, America and other countries will play with the F-35 for sometime. The New Sixth Generation Fighter is planned for 2025, but that could be pushed for an earlier date and will depend where the politics and the jobs need to play. Russia and China is already pursuing their versions of the New Sixth Generation Fighter, so it's just like the space race. First one on board......wins. There is more development into new jet fighters having "NO" Pilot on board. Now that is scary..........ROBO-COP in the sky!