Friday, March 1, 2013

Grounded F-35 fighters of USAF to be airborne again

The entire F-35 fighter jets fleet of the USAF that was grounded on account of a reported cracked turbine blade has been cleared to take off.

The fault was detected during a routine inspection of an air force version of the jet (F-35A) at Edwards Air Force Base in California,

The tests by engine maker Pratt and Whitney, after the reported cracked turbine blade reports, show that the problem was "unique" problem and not a design flaw.

After the test reports, the Pentagon has confirmed that all its 51 planes had been cleared to resume flights.

It may be added that the F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons programme, with a cost of nearly $400bn (£260bn). And thousands of F-35s are due to be made for the US and its foreign partners.

Read more about it at: BBC News
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