The timing looked perfect in 2002, when Australia decided it would buy the Lockheed Martin F-35. The stealth fighter would be operational with the U.S. Air Force by 2011, before it began taking over the roles of Australia's F-111 strike bombers and F/A-18A/B Hornet fighters. Well, 2011 is here. The F-35 is still deep in development. The F-111s turned out to be too old and risky to rely on past 2010; Australia has had to buy 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets as a stopgap. And, now, the ...

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