Jul 11, 2014

F-35 Will Fly at Farnborough

Britain’s Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is close to writing off the chances of the F-35B making an appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the UK, but said he is “optimistic” the aircraft would make it to the Farnborough International Air Show next week.
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.

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