Geeze, seriously? I will admit to knowing absolutely nothing about the F-35 and don't care actually, but was the F-35 ever built specifically for close-in, "turn, burn and shoot" maneuvers? I doubt it. The airframe doesn't really give that impression despite whatever thrust vectoring abilities it might have. I would think it's primary advantage would be in being able to lock to multiple targets at great distances, eliminating the need for holding it's own in a dog fight. Sorry but this just sounds like a case of "apples and oranges ' and a silly discussion at best.