Jul 15 2014

F-35 Not Flying To Farnborough

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 19:55 onder Global F35 News

FARNBOROUGH (UK) — The Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow. This was announced by Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, to the media in an official press statement Tuesday a15-Jul-2014 in the afternoon.

Rear Adm. Kirby told the press: “I have to confirm that the Department of Defense — in close concert with our partners in the UK — has decided not to send Marine Corps and UK F-35 aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the Farnborough air show. The decision was reached after consultation with operational commanders and air worthiness authorities, despite the decision by air worthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to flight. “.

There was huge disappointment among JSF program supporters, partner country offiicials, visitors and aircraft spotters at Farnborough, after days of rumours the F-35 would possibly arrive at Farnborough later this week.

Early Tuesday morning, is was leaked that the Pentagon would have ended the grounding order for the F-35 fleet, that was announced 3-Jul-2014 after the engine fire of 23-Jun-2014.

However some hours after the first positive news, a new disappointment followed. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief, told Defense News that there were strong restrictions, including a requirement for inspections for new damage every three hours of flight time and restrictions in the flight envelope (speed, power).

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