One of the F-35 friendly news sources is reporting that the probation on the F-35B STOVL imposed by Gates may be lifted. Pretty hard to believe.
The F-35 made a night flight; sort of. A big deal seeing as there were so many issues to work through. Burbage is trying to convince the less investigative sectors of the media that the tail hook issue is fixable and that performance on the F-35 isn't all that bad.
Then there is the usual from the delusional.
DAB is coming up and the F-35 true-believers need an appearance of progress in the news with a scramble of allegedly positive events . U.S. DOD boss Panetta will be visiting Pax. Jesus is coming. Everyone look busy.
Then there is the DOD discussions about the FY2013 DOD budget. Not long after, Congress will start hearings on the FY2013 budget, which will include a pre-release summary of the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on the F-35.
All with no milestone-B present.