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The X-32 Flying Manatee

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Boeing X-32B Patuxent.jpg
Boeing X-32B. By Carl Lindberg – Own work, CC BY 2.5

People here may not like the F-35 very much but at least we were spared the X-32:

One thing is for certain; the X-32 was a ridiculously ugly aircraft. It looked like nothing so much as the spawn of an A-7 Corsair and a hideously deformed manatee. The F-35 is no prize from an aesthetic point of view, lacking the sleek, dangerous lines of the F-22, but the X-32 made the F-35 look positively sexy by comparison. How much should this matter? Not a bit. How much did it matter? Good question. Fighter pilots don’t like to fly aircraft that look like they could be run over by Florida speed boat.

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