Procurement Choices and Pork
so someone explain why Lockheed (and it's Raytheon and California connections to politicians in procurement committees) won out over Boeing's offering that flew and translated between VTOL and level flight long before this aircraft did?
Oh wait, I already answered that. Not enough Washington State politicos in Congressional positions of military procurement oversight.
Too bad blame always goes towards the military that buys the stuff and not the politicians who force them to choose it. One group gets reelected on a "look how stupid the military is" platform, the other becomes the scapegoat for all civilian government decisions.
Aircraft was a bodge from day one. But politics pushed it through anway. No surprise it remains a bodge.