first published on October 12, 2018 by Will
The Pentagon stated yesterday that it was grounding every single F-35 in US service after discovering that there may be faulty parts installed in the aircraft.
The decision comes after investigators found what they suspect are faulty fuel tubes while searching for the cause of the Marine Corps F-35B crash in South Carolina last month. The pilot was able to safely eject from last month’s crash.
“The U.S. Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft,” the F-35 Joint Program Office announced in a statement Thursday morning, according to Military Times.
Technicians will be checking each fighter plane individually to determine if the good or bad parts are installed and each plane will be returned to duty after passing inspection.
Late last month a Marine Corps’ F-35B variant (short take off/vertical landing STOVL) completed a sortie from USS Essex amphibious assault ship in the Arabian Sea and struck Taliban targets in Afghanistan, which was the first official combat mission for an American F-35.