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#1 Mario Milano

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:35 AM

US F-35 Reportedly Starts to Crumble in Okinawa in 'Routine Training Mission'
 

17:57 05.12.2017

 

The reputation of the most expensive plane in history has once again been tarnished.

 

The F-35, a fifth-generation US stealth fighter, lost part of its fuselage, during a "routine training mission" near Kadena Air Base in Japan, according to the Defense News.

 

The incident, which occurred east of Okinawa on November 30, was reported by Japanese media at the time, but it wasn't until December 4 that US Air Force officials confirmed the report.

 

The loss of one of the plane's panels, measuring approximately 12 inches (30 centimeters) by 24 inches (60 centimeters), was noticed by the F-35's wingman as the aircraft was in the process of landing.

 

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Specialists suggested that the panel was broken during the flight, given the fact that the F-35 was thoroughly inspected ahead of the takeoff.
 

It is still unclear whether the replacement of the lost part of the plane's fuselage will be possible without compromising its flight safety.

 

The F-35 Lightning II is the second US fifth-generation fighter after the F-22 Raptor

 

The program to create the F-35 is estimated to have cost about one and a half trillion dollars, something that turns this fighter jet into the world's most expensive aircraft

 

The project has repeatedly been slammed, including by US President Donald Trump, over a whole array of technical problems. 

 

In October, representatives of the US Air Force were cited as saying that many F-35 pilots had symptoms of oxygen deficit.

 

In November, US government officials said that the US Defense Department refused to accept the delivery of F-35s between September 21 and October 20 after finding "corrosion exceeding technical limits" around fasteners holding the planes' exterior coatings to their airframes.

 

 

https://sputniknews....g-flight-panel/


Edited by Mario Milano, 06 December 2017 - 03:36 AM.

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#2 Desther

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:34 AM

https://www.defensen...t-near-okinawa/

 

"It was not clear whether any attempt will be made to recover the missing panel, or whether the loss of part of the F-35’s structure causes any concerns from a safety or technology security standpoint."


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#3 Ivan88

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:26 AM

Find part, apply superglue & paint. 


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:14 AM

This American aircraft is garbage.
 
Theresa May should cancel the American contract and buy the Russian Su-35 Fighter.
 
If she refuses to do this she should be replaced by a leader who is Pro-Russian.

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#5 Mario Milano

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:23 AM

 

This American aircraft is garbage.
 
Theresa May should cancel the American contract and buy the Russian Su-35 Fighter.
 
If she refuses to do this she should be replaced by a leader who is Pro-Russian.

 

Teresa May is busy at the moment dodging phantom boogeymen terruhists with butchers knives....so people need to vote for her otherwise the boogeyman wins


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:24 AM

F35 Joint Strike Fighter bursts into flames during mid-air training flight
 
 
 
10 November 2016.
 
 
 
 
The United States military is investigating a fire that erupted during a mid-air training flight of one of its latest generation fighter jets.
 
The Marine Corps is trying to figure out what caused the fire to ignite on an F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft that took off from a base in Beaufort, South Carolina, last month, Military.com reported on Monday.
 
Investigators want to know why the fire spread into the warplane's weapons bay during a training mission.
 
'The aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries sustained,' a Marine Corps spokesperson said.
 
'An investigation is ongoing and we will provide updates as they are available.'
 
The damage to the plane is estimated to run at least $2million, according to Military.com.
 
The Beaufort base is home to the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, a fleet consisting of 20 F-35B aircraft.
 
The Marines are preparing to deploy their first operational squadron of F-35B fighters in Japan beginning in January.
 
It is expected to be placed into circulation during the corps' flight sorties throughout the Pacific the following year.
 
The F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighter is the latest generation of warplanes manufactured by American defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
 
The F-35B models are capable of short take offs and vertical landings
 
These new aircraft are being earmarked for the Marine Corps, which plans on introducing them into service and concurrently phasing out the F/A-18 Hornet and the AV-8B Harrier II.
 
The US military has experienced a number of mishaps in its rollout of the new stealth fighter.
 
This past September, an F-35A preparing for a training mission at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho caught on fire just before take off, Defense Tech reported.
 
During that same month, mechanical failures forced officials to temporarily ground 10 F-35 jets just one month after they were deemed 'combat ready.'
 
The moratorium in flight operations came 'due to the discovery of peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks,' the Air Force said in a statement
 
 

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#7 Mario Milano

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:24 AM

Find part, apply superglue & paint. 

 

Yep and Lockheed will charge the US tax payer a billion dollars for the repair


Edited by Mario Milano, 06 December 2017 - 10:25 AM.

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#8 RobertD

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:06 PM

Canada just cancelled it's order for the f35 opting instead for used German ones I think.
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