Monday, January 16, 2012

Design Flaw On F-35 Makes It Unable To Land On Aircraft Carriers

F-35 Lightning II planes arriving at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Britain is due to buy around 50 of the aircraft. Photo: REUTERS

Royal Navy Spends £50bn On New Fighter Jets... But They Can't Even Land On Aircraft Carriers -- Daily Mail

A new fighter plane which is to be used by the UK and U.S. military has a design flaw which prevents it from landing on aircraft carriers, it has emerged.

The flaw in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will come as a huge embarrassment to the Royal Navy which is expected to take delivery of 50 of the planes by 2020 at a cost of about £5 billion.

Leaked documents from the Pentagon have revealed that the arrestor hook of the JSF - which is used to stop the plane during landing - is too close to the wheels.

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More News On The F-35 Being Unable To land On Aircraft Carriers

Navy's £5bn Harrier jet replacement 'unable to land on aircraft carriers' -- The Telegraph
£5bn Navy jets can’t use our new aircraft carriers. Leaked report reveals
latest MoD fiasco
-- The SUN
Leaked report details F-35 'design flaws' -- Defence Management
New F35-C fighter's 'future in doubt' -- British Forces News

My Comment: If this leaked report is true .... this is a disaster for the F-35 program. On a side note .... the main stream media is behind the curve on this story, Eric Palmer covered it last week.

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