Jul 11, 2014
F-35 Will Fly at Farnborough
Plans for the F-35 to make its international debut at RIAT, a three-day event staged at the Royal Air Force base at Fairford in southern England were thrown into disarray when the Pentagon grounded the aircraft following an engine fire on a F-35A model June 23.
US Department of Defense inspectors are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.
Following RIAT, up to four of the F-35B jump jets had been scheduled to take part in the flying display at the Farnborough show, which starts July 14.
F-35 program officials indicated this week that the US Marine Corps could potentially OK its F-35B fleet in time to make the shows, even if the UK planes are left behind.