Projections Awry

Today’s F-35 Lightning II/Joint Strike Fighter program costs nearly forty-times what 1960s TV screenwriters had imagined would cost to send a family of six, a robot, and a saboteur to Alpha Centauri in (fictional) 1997. The F-35 fighter jets, that will finally enter service next year with the US Air Force, will sadly have not have the same range as the Jupiter 2.