and it kills pilots
Which could be a problem in an actual war. I have a suggestion: require Lockheed's CEO to go on a diet to reach the critical weight and then let him eject from his product. Same for the bureaucrats and politicians hawking this disaster.
US military procurement is rarely driven by actual need. The F-14 and A-10 were best in their respective classes, but had one fatal flaw: they were made in NY and not California. That just couldn't be allowed to continue. The Tomcat' s replacement added nothing but additional debt to the country, the A-10 was never really replaced. The F-35 will actually make us less secure because everyone already knows it will fail spectacularly in combat. It will be a case of an adversary coming out and taunting, "Go ahead, make my day!" At that point we'll all be ringing up our friends in Eastern Europe to see if we can buy back some F-16s.