F-35 Flights Suspended While F135 Fuel Tubes Checked; UK F-35Bs Keep Flying on HMS QE « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

UPDATED: Adds Rep. Turner Pledge To Hold HASC Hearings WASHINGTON: It may not last long, but the entire F-35 fleet — all versions from all countries — was just grounded “while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft.” The British — clearly hungry to keep their two F-35Bs flying as they press ahead with testing aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth — have checked their planes already. A British defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told us the crew of the Queen Elizabeth “has checked her embarked jets and flight trials are continuing… they are flying today.” We just got this official statement from the British MoD, clarifying how they are handling this across their F-35B fleet: “Safety is our paramount concern, therefore the UK has decided to pause some F-35 flying as a precautionary measure while we consider the findings of an ongoing enquiry. “F-35 flight trials from the aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, are continuing and the programme remains on schedule to provide our Armed Forces with a game-changing capability. We will continue to review the situation as further information becomes available.” Appa

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