Tuesday, February 26, 2013

F-35 News Updates -- February 25, 2013

F-35: Blade Bummer -- Mark Thompson, Battleland/Time

The news that the Pentagon’s fleet of 51 F-35 fighters has been grounded because of a half-inch crack in one of its engine’s turbine blade is one of those problems that can truly be called a teething issue: it’s something that happens on most every high-tech jet engine that is pushing the engineering envelope.

Pentagon officials over the weekend suggested waiting for Pratt & Whitney, the maker of the F-135 powerplant that powers the F-35, could take a week to 10 days.

Sometimes such problems are natural; sometimes not.

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More News On The F-35

JSF Findings Expected This Week -- Defense News
F-35 Grounding Sends Pilots To Simulators -- Defense News
Honeywell to test some F-35 parts after smoke incident -- Reuters
Lithium-ion battery not involved in F-35 smoke incident: Lockheed -- Reuters
Pentagon F-35 chief says grounding will not delay delivery
-- Reuters
Pentagon: Crack won't affect future of F-35 fighter -- Kansas City Star/McClatchy
F-35 Flights Should Resume Soon -- Industry Week
F-35 Flights May Resume Within Week of Tracking Down Fault
-- Bloomberg Businessweek
F-35: Grounded Due to Engine Issues -- The Diplomat
United States: Pentagon grounds F-35 fighters over engine problem
-- Avionics Aviation
F-35 grounding latest setback for troubled program -- Politico

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