With the F-35 fire problem still mysterious, Navy and Air Force officials today cleared the F-35, the most expensive weapons program in our nation’s history, for take-off.
— F-35 Lightning II (@thef35) July 15, 2014
F-35 fire problem still mysterious. according to CNN;
The limited flight clearance, approved by Navy and Air Force officials Monday, allows the aircraft to fly with an engine inspection regimen and restricted flight envelope following the fleet’s grounding after an engine fire last month. Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement the restrictions would “remain in effect until the root cause of the June 23 engine mishap is identified and corrected.” “We remain hopeful that the F-35 can make an appearance at the Farnborough airshow. This information is an encouraging step, but no final decision has been made at this time,” Wright said. “Safety remains the overriding priority. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
The Pentagon is hoping that the F-35 will become the backbone of America’s Air Force for years to come, with an ultimate goal of acquiring more than 2,400 of the aircraft, with hundreds more to be shipped to our various allies.
While F-35 Fire Problem Still Mysterious, Plane Is Back To The Sky