Jul 7, 2014

US Defense Deparment Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet; Plane Might Not Make UK Debut

The European debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter is now in question after the Pentagon grounded the entire fleet late Thursday.
The US Defense Department says it is still making preparations to send the jet to the Farnborough International Airshow and Royal International Air Tattoo in the UK, but would not make a final decision until “early next week.”
The Pentagon says it is still investigating the cause of the June 23 fire the broke out in the rear of an Air Force F-35 during takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
DoD temporarily grounded the F-35 fleet and ordered inspections of all jets before returning the aircraft to flight testing.

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