F-35 Jets: Military grounds entire fleet

F-35 Jets: Military grounds entire fleet

The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly different versions of the stealthy fighter. The pilot ejected safely from the single-seat jet, but the aircraft was completely destroyed. "The aircraft mishap board is continuing its work and the U.S. Marine Corps will provide additional information when it becomes available".

Certain fuel tubes were identified as a potential problem.

Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 office said inspections "are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours".

The announcement of the grounding comes after a United States Marine Corps F-35B from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, known as the "Warlords", crashed in SC near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on September 28.

On September 28, a Marine Corps F-35 crashed in SC.

"During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander", said a Marine Corps statement confirming the strike.

"We will take every measure to ensure safe operations while we deliver, sustain and modernize the F-35".

Of the 280 operational F-35s purchased to date by the US and worldwide partners, only about half can fly, Vice Adm. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is off the eastern US seaboard in the Atlantic Ocean conducting developmental test trials of the joint strike fighter for the United Kingdom.

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While its costs per aircraft are coming down there are still questions about how many planes the USA can afford and whether it should also buy a cheaper, less capable aircraft alongside the F-35.

"The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents". If good tubes are already installed, then those planes would be returned to operational status. This allows the plane to hover and land vertically like a helicopter and is a critical requirement for the Marine Corps, which often operates from amphibious ships with smaller decks than the Navy's aircraft carriers.

In April, a Marine Corps F-35B out the Marine Corps air station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, was forced to make an emergency landing when the aircraft fuel light came on.

It cost an estimated $400bn and had a goal to produce 2,500 aircraft in the coming years.

The Pentagon grounded the global fleet of F-35 stealth fighters on Thursday, as a result of the first ever crash of the costliest plane in history.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has projected a total lifetime cost of $1 trillion for the program.

The temporary suspension of all F-35 flights is an embarrassment given the extraordinary cost of this frequently troubled programme.

The plane, manufactured by Lockheed Martin but including parts made in several other countries, has been sold to a number of nations, including the UK, Japan, Italy, Turkey and South Korea.

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