Jun 30, 2014

More F-35s grounded following Eglin fire

The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps have halted all F-35 flights after a fire damaged an Air Force F-35A during takeoff Monday morning at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Initially only F-35A flights at Eglin were grounded Tuesday, and the base said then it expected flights to resume Wednesday.
The Air Force said Thursday that major commands, including Air Force Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Materiel Command have decided to stop F-35A flights while the investigation continues into Monday’s fire, as a precautionary measure.
Eglin is home to all F-35 instructor pilot training, including for the F-35B and F-35C variants of other services and other nations. The Navy said Thursday that local commanders at Patuxent Naval Air Station, Maryland, and Eglin have decided to stop F-35C flights while the investigation continues.
Eglin officials have not released any information on the extent of the damage.

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