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F-35 fighter jets to resume flights at Eglin after fire led to grounding

 

 
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By W.J. Hennigan

Los Angeles Times

Published: June 24, 2014



The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was preparing to take off on a training mission but aborted because of flames that appeared in the back end of the aircraft. The pilot left the aircraft uninjured, Air Force officials said.


 
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If sequestration-level funding continues beyond 2015, cuts will be distributed across all branches of the military but will include 17 fewer F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, according to a report from the Pentagon.

 
A fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets is expected to return to regular flight operations at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida after being grounded because of a fire this week.

All F-35 flight operations for the Air Force at the base had been temporarily suspended as the military investigated the incident. A spokesman at the base said flight operations were expected to resume Wednesday.

Early Monday, one of the radar-evading, supersonic fighter jets caught fire before takeoff. The pilot left the aircraft uninjured, officials said.

The aircraft was preparing to take off on a training mission but aborted when flames appeared in the rear of the aircraft. Emergency responders then extinguished the fire with foam, according to an Air Force statement.

“The pilot followed the appropriate procedures which allowed for the safe abort of the mission, engine shutdown, and egress,” Navy Capt. Paul Haas, 33rd Fighter Wing vice commander, said in a statement. “We take all ground emergencies seriously.”

An Air Force safety board is expected to begin investigating the incident to determine the cause.

It’s the latest setback for the F-35, an almost $400 billion weapons program under development for more than a decade but billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. The per-plane cost estimates have gone from $78 million in 2001 to $135 million today, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Testing the F-35 is key to the Pentagon’s ultimate plan to build 2,457 of the planes. The Joint Strike Fighter program centered around a plan to develop one basic fighter plane that could — with a few manufacturing tweaks — be used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

The idea is that it can take off and land on runways and aircraft carriers, as well as hover like a helicopter. No one stealthy fighter aircraft has had all these capabilities. From an engineering standpoint, it’s a challenging task for plane maker Lockheed Martin Corp. because the requirements of the different services vary so much.

More than 100 F-35s are flying at bases around the country.

Problems repeatedly crop up in flight testing. On June 13, test flights were temporarily halted and mandatory inspections were ordered for all versions of the jets after a Marine F-35 suffered an in-flight emergency with its engine.

The Air Force said additional details on the event at Eglin will be provided as they become available. The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin provides training for F-35 pilots and mechanics for the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

A Lockheed spokesman said that the company is aware of the incident at Eglin and is prepared to provide any assistance requested by the Air Force.

http://www.stripes.com/news/air-force/f-35-fighter-jets-to-resume-flights-at-eglin-after-fire-led-to-grounding-1.290489
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The idea is that it can take off and land on runways and aircraft carriers, as well as hover like a helicopter. No one stealthy fighter aircraft has had all these capabilities. From an engineering standpoint, it’s a challenging task for plane maker Lockheed Martin Corp. because the requirements of the different services vary so much.


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This is greatest 5th generation jet built by a conglomerate of countries led by Lockheed Martin. It will be the leading jet in the 21st century. There are tons or orders for this jet. In a head to head match against the Russian PAK FA and the Chinese F-20 it will beat them. The more countries that purchase the jet the lower the cost.
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The 35 is a beautiful bit of kit on paper. To find out what it can REALLY do, we're going to have to wait until the first full wing gets them and gets to play with them.

There are all sorts of odd little quirks a new plane has that good fliers seek out and exploit. Remember when the US Navy took it's first bunch of Harriers and some mad genius worked out you could rotate the nozzles forward in flight? Turned an already impressive machine into something that could break the lock ANY missile at the time could get on it.

The 35 is bound to have similar surprises that the test pilots can't find and the designers never envisaged. Some will be good, some not so good.
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The 35 is a beautiful bit of kit on paper. To find out what it can REALLY do, we're going to have to wait until the first full wing gets them and gets to play with them.

There are all sorts of odd little quirks a new plane has that good fliers seek out and exploit. Remember when the US Navy took it's first bunch of Harriers and some mad genius worked out you could rotate the nozzles forward in flight? Turned an already impressive machine into something that could break the lock ANY missile at the time could get on it.

The 35 is bound to have similar surprises that the test pilots can't find and the designers never envisaged. Some will be good, some not so good.

As of right now, the F-35 will take on the PAK FA and J-20.The only problem is the bugs and price, which you are correct, But that can be solved as more and more nations buy the plane. The problems with the planes can also be solved if the Pentagon stays on top of Lockheed to deliver planes on time.The Indian Government is considering dumping their order of the PAK FA for the F-35. The only problem is the security issues surrounding of an Indian purchase of the plane
« Last Edit: June 28, 2014, 06:34:03 PM by Trigger »


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