Sep 25, 2012
RUNAWAY FIGHTER airs Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV
September 25, 2012 - It could yet prove to be the most expensive defense purchase in Canadian history--$25 billion and counting. The military promises it's the best fighter jet available, but some critics are saying it's a turkey hatched from a bad idea: a do-it-all plane that might not do anything well-at-all.
Was Canada pressured to buy the F-35 fighter jet? Will the jet ever deliver on its promise of being the top gun in the sky? Did the government cover up the true costs to win an election? With secret documents and exclusive interviews with Air Force insiders, Gillian Findlay pieces together the troubling story of the F-35. From Lockheed Martin's first prototype and bungled development process to Canada's decision to buy the fighter jet without an open competition, Runaway Fighter raises serious questions about a procurement system seemingly run amok and a jetfighter critics say will never live up to its spin.
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Runaway Fighter airs on the fifth estate, Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV.
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Melissa Prince, Veritas Communications
Corey Black, News and Current Affairs Publicist, CBC