Tuesday, November 8, 2016

F-35 Fighter Jet Catches Fire In Mid-Air During A Training Mission

An F-35B from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), flies near its base a MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. Lockheed Martin

Military.com: Marine Corps F-35 Caught Fire During Training Flight

The Marine Corps is investigating after an F-35B Joint Strike Fighter based out of Beaufort, South Carolina, recently caught fire in mid-air, Military.com has learned.

The incident happened Oct. 27 at Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, a fleet replacement squadron for the Marine Corps consisting of 20 F-35B aircraft. One of the aircraft experienced a fire in the weapons bay while conducting a training mission over Beaufort, 1st Lt. John Roberts, a spokesman for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, told Military.com.

"The aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries sustained," he said. "An investigation is ongoing and we will provide updates as they are available."

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Update: Another F-35 fighter caught on fire (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: The fire was serious causing major damage.

1 comment:

Jay Farquharson said...

Guess those Russian, Chinese and Iranian IR sensor's are going to turn out more usefull than as modelled.