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Video: Magnificent Fighter Jets F-35 and Harrier Jump Jet Demonstrate Vertical Takeoff and Landing

Critics say the F-35 has become too expensive, but there are valid reasons behind its cost.

A video shows an F-35 Lightning II and a Harrier (informally referred to with the addendum Jump Jet) displaying their vertical landing capabilities. The two fighter jets, both designed for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), are in fact both fantastic pieces of engineering and technology, but are entirely different aircraft designed for entirely different times. Yet a debate seems to be inevitable when discussing the two. Check out the two magnificent aircraft in the video below.

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Uploaded to TikTok by user @mrg.av, the video has generated some reaction from viewers in the comments.

"Had too many problems, especially later in its usage," says @klogan4104 about the Harrier Jump Jet.

"Still being used," clarifies @69fingerbanger.

User @klogan4104 replies, "Yes, and it's actively being phased out. Pretty sure there's less than 100 still in service."

"Better jet," writes @.frogsgoboingboing. "But sadly, it carries like 16k payload at max."

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"F-35 has better stability," remarks @qwerxtyy. "It can go faster than sound (the Harrier can't). One gust of wind while landing and the wing strikes the deck."

"F35 is better in combat but Harrier is cool, too," writes @grug199. "Also, GTA kids, it’s not a hydra."

"Harrier is badass, but F-35 is still better," asserts @child_of_christ74.

MIGflug discusses a bit about what's really behind the reason critics say the F-35 has become so expensive. 

"The F-35 was an entirely new idea of building an airplane. It features the generation five characteristics such as top modern weapons, stealth, and super advanced avionics," the Website says. "But it was also built with a special idea in mind. That idea was to use a single airframe for the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C, which will all be used in different parts of the US military – among others the Marines and the Navy. The idea behind that strategy was economies of scale – if they produce many of the same things it would be kind of like a mass production, which would massively lower the unit cost."

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