Don't worry Rob. He didn't buy the stock, he "baught" it, and it may have been a "katastrophy". Seriously, you have to wonder and just shake your head at some.
Looks like someone has taken the hollow-nose idea and turned into a hollow-head one.
"....it is far more advanced and capable than anything out there".
Well, except for 20-year old F16s that even though hampered by drop tanks can still have the F35 for breakfast.
You make no sense at all. The location of a fuel tank is not the problem, it's the internal wiring that's at issue. Unless the "external tank" that you suggest is directly below an aircraft's...
They might be toying with the idea, but definitely NOT "being phased out". There is no plan or design in production to take the human out of the equation of either. Manned operation of both will...