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Articles tagged with: Lockheed Martin

22 July 2014

F-35 Absent, And Stuck In Second Gear

Author: Richard L. Aboulafia, Drawn From: World Military & Civil Aircraft Briefing

First, the good news. Even though the recent F-35 fire and subsequent fleet grounding came at a bad time, it likely will be brief. Since the aircraft has accumulated more than 3,000 flights and 5,000 flight hours, the problem is highly unlikely to be related to a serious design flaw. As of late last week, it appeared to be the result of "excessive rubbing" of engine blades on the powerplant cowling.

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