Jan 19, 2013
F-35B grounded, Lockheed responds to DOT&E report
This has not been a good couple of weeks for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Late last week, the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) released his annual report. The F-35 section highlighted myriad problems. Then, a couple of days ago on the 16th, an F-35B at Eglin AFB, Florida, suffered a fueldraulic line failure which led the Joint Program Office to order that variant grounded. That line was connected to an actuator which moves the short take-off vertical landing aircraft's nozzle.