Originally Posted by Mambo Dave
That Boeing design just flat fell short on too many areas. It was simpler, yes, but it was also nearly entirely wrong... or poorly thought out.
I'm not Lockheed fan-boy, but when there are only two choices and one is just a total WTF moment, the other will win.
What exactly was wrong with it? I would much prefer the lift arrangement...more like the proven Harrier. They had flying prototypes that proved to be satisfactory.