Jul 12, 2014

Window Closing on F-35 Appearance at RIAT

The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing at Day 1 of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) on Friday, but officials are holding out hope it could still appear over the weekend.
The Farnborough International Airshow starts next Monday.
The issue remains the ongoing investigation into what caused an F-35A model to catch fire June 23 as it prepared to take off for a test flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Investigation is not close to ending.
The plane in question, identified as AF-27, was “burnt pretty well.”
As a result of the grounding, the fleet has not run any installed engines, including for ground tests. In addition, 50 “flight opportunities,” windows in which the plane could be flown on the schedule, have been lost..

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