Saturday, June 17, 2017

U.S. Air Force: No Answer Yet For F-35 Oxygen Deprivation Issues

Defense News: Still no answer for F-35 oxygen deprivation issues, US Air Force says

WASHINGTON — After a week of analyzing recent physiological incidents involving F-35A pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, a team of engineers and medical personnel have not been able to identify a single root cause linking all five events, a U.S. Air Force official said Friday.

But while F-35As at Luke AFB will remain grounded going into next week, Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, believes flight operations could be resumed as early as Tuesday afternoon, he told reporters during a conference call.

Base officials announced June 9 that it would halt F-35 flights after five pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms over the course of about a month. Five different pilots and five separate aircraft were affected, including one international operator and jet, Leonard said. Since then, a team of engineers, maintainers and aeromedical specialists from the F-35 Joint Program Office have been called in to analyze the occurrences.

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More News On U.S. Air Force Not Discovering The Reason(s) For The F-35 Oxygen Deprivation Problems

Air Force to decide Monday whether Arizona F-35s will fly again after oxygen problems -- Washington Examiner
Air Force: Grounded F-35s at Luke Air Force Base to start flying next week -- Stars and Stripes
Luke commander: F-35 flights may resume soon; cause of hypoxia-like symptoms still unknown -- AZCentral
Luke AFB: F-35 Flights Due to Oxygen Issue Remain Paused -- US News and World Report
Air Force: No Clear Cause for F-35A Hypoxia-Related Problem --

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