Thursday, February 28, 2013

F-35 To Resume F-35 Flights?

Pentagon Reviewing Pratt Recommendation To Resume F-35 Flights -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Thursday it was reviewing a recommendation by Pratt & Whitney to resume flights and ground operations of the F-35 fighter jet after a week-long grounding prompted by a cracked engine blade, but no decision has yet been made.

Spokeswoman Kyra Hawn said officials from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and the Pentagon's F-35 program office were reviewing data from a comprehensive engineering investigation conducted by Pratt about the cracked blade discovered on a test plane in Florida on February 19.

Pratt spokesman Matthew Bates confirmed that the F-35 Joint Program Office was assessing the company's recommendation to resume flights but declined to offer further comment.

Pratt, a unit of United Technologies Corp, supplies the engine for the single-engine, single-seat fighter plane, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

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More News On The F-35

Pratt rules out worst-case cause for F-35 blade crack: sources -- Reuters
Pentagon says no additional cracks found in F-35 engines -- Reuters
F-35 Flight Ban Should Be Lifted, Pratt & Whitney Says -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Tests haven't revealed cracks in F-35 blades -- Politico
EXCLUSIVE-Honeywell to test some F-35 parts after smoke incident-Pentagon -- Reuters
Pentagon Escalates Rhetoric Against Lockheed Over F-35 -- Bloomberg
Lockheed Wins $334 Million F-35 Contract Before U.S. Cuts -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Lockheed awarded $334 million contract for F-35 long lead items -- Flight Global
Australian lawmakers confident in F-35's future -- Reuters
F-35 soaring costs trouble Australia -- UPI
F-35 Cost Per Flying Hour: A Tale of Two Numbers -- Ares/Aviation Week

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