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President Donald Trump talks with Lockheed Martin president and CEO Marilyn Hewson, right, and director and chief test pilot Alan Norman in front of a F-35 as he participates in a "Made in America Product Showcase" at the White House, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Washington.

Trump’s new Pentagon chief reportedly hates the F-35 — here’s what the US could have made instead

Many defense experts believe a revamped fighter fleet with fifth-generation technology could have matched the F-35 at a fraction of the cost.
The new "Top Gun" won't feature the US Navy's top fighter jet.

F-35 embarrassed by Tom Cruise’s new ‘Top Gun’ movie going with its older competitor, the F-18

Tom Cruise on Thursday tweeted a teaser for the long-awaited sequel to "Top Gun" — and in doing so, he wandered into one of the most heated debates in modern combat aviation and delivered a savage burn to the F-35.

Trump: ‘We are looking seriously at a big order’ of F-18s as the Navy’s F-35 drags behind schedule

"We are looking seriously at a big order" of F-18s said Trump to applause from the crowd at Boeing, the company that builds the F-18.

The F-35C vs. the F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet and the future of carrier aircraft

"The question in my mind is how long does the stealth advantage last for us? How long does that give us a real advantage before it’s eroded?"

Boeing has an updated F-18 in the works — here’s how it’s ‘comparable’ to the F-35

The F-35 and advanced versions of the F-18 Super Hornet are like apples and oranges — both good choices.

F-35 pilot: It’s ‘preposterous’ to think an upgraded F-18 could do the F-35’s job

F-22 and F-35 pilot Lt. Col. Berke thoroughly contested the idea that fourth generation fighters could be upgraded to do what the F-35 does was "preposterous."

Former US Navy commander: Here’s what the US should have built instead of the F-35

"For a fraction of the cost for F-35 development, we could have updated legacy aircraft and gotten a significant portion of the F-35 capabilities."

Watch the military drill where Finland launches F-18s off of a highway

The video shows the Hornets smoothly launching off the highways and even landing with improvised arresting gear.