There's one thing F-35 pilots won't be seeing as much as they'd like - the inside of an F-35. Instead they'll be spending a good deal more time pretending to be inside an F-35, in a simulator inside some cavernous hangar.
Now how the balance between actual stick and rudder time and simulator time is struck will depend on a lot of factors, some of them political.
One of the big political issues of the day, at least to prospective purchasers and operators of the F-35 light attack bomber, is the cost of operating the warplanes. Some critics seem to think they'll be very expensive to fly.
U.S. Air Force general Chris Bogdan recently told nervous Dutch legislators that the F-35 would be barely 10% costlier than the hourly flying costs of their F-16s. What's that old line - figures don't lie but liars figure?
When it comes to crunching the F-35 numbers there are a lot of figures to be fiddled with.