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Probably Airbus or the Russians could help them out... oh wait, haven't the Amie's pissed off all of the really sophisticated mobs already? Sounds like the LNP are running US defence.

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United States suspends F-35 flying for engine inspections

 

written by australianaviation.com.au October 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

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A US Marine Corps F-35B crashed last month. (Defence)

The United States Department of Defense has suspended flying its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets due to the need to inspect fuel tubes within the aircraft’s engines.

“The US services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft,” the Department said in a statement on Thursday (US time), according to multiple media reports.

“If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status. Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours.”

The decision comes after a US Marine Corps F-35B crashed in South Carolina near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in late September. The pilot ejected safely and there were no injuries.

The Department statement said initial data from the ongoing investigation of that accident had led to the decision to ground the fleet.

The US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy are all operators of the F-35, as well as allies including Australia, Israel, Japan and the United Kingdom.

About 300 F-35s have now been delivered and are in service around the world.

The UK Ministry of Defence said on Twitter it had paused some F-35 flying as a precautionary measure but not all aircraft had been grounded.

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With all of the documentation required when manufacturing and maintaining something as large, complex and expensive as the F35, you'd think they would know what batch the fuel tubes came from on every aircraft and whether these are good ones or not.

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With all of the documentation required when manufacturing and maintaining something as large, complex and expensive as the F35, you'd think they would know what batch the fuel tubes came from on every aircraft and whether these are good ones or not.

Yes, they can usually tell from the documentation, but to be 100% sure they do a physical check. On military aircraft there are a lot of lifed components, they termed "maintenance managed items", but there are a lot of smaller components like pipes and fittings that are not lifed, but "on condition". These are not tracked or "managed". In the Australian defence system, techos are issued a "Special Technical Instruction" in this sort of instance. That document will usually detail what the problem is , what part numbers to look for or identifying features to look out for, the urgency and what rectification procedure is to be applied.

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All very impressive, meanwhile millions of Americans have no access to good healthcare, bridges and highways are crumbling, their education system is one of the world's poorest and the divide between rich and poor is growing ever wider.

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Higher,faster,bigger and heavier is the Air Force philisophy - if you have time read the book Boyd the jock who developed Energy Management Theoy and you will understand the cozy relationship between the generals in the Pertgon and the builders, it will all be clear.

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1 hour ago, Tucano said:

...you will understand the cozy relationship between the generals in the Pertgon and the builders, it will all be clear.

We hear that in the leafy suburbs around D.C, some of that corruption is actually trickling down to the lower paid.

Some of the little guys (the ones who actually pay tax) are employed building mansions for the retired military men who now work for the weapons industry.

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4 hours ago, Old Koreelah said:

We hear that in the leafy suburbs around D.C, some of that corruption is actually trickling down to the lower paid.

Some of the little guys (the ones who actually pay tax) are employed building mansions for the retired military men who now work for the weapons industry.

That's the way it goes, OK.  Generals work for weapons manufacturers.  Ex-politicians work for mining lobby groups.  (Well, the ones with no morals.  The ones WITH morals donate most of their pension to environmental causes and live simply...)

 

The weapons industry must have some clout, as a sitting president is willing to overlook the blatant and brutal murder of an American journalist with no repercussions for the prince who ordered it, to protect their profits.  Mind you he's not much of a president, or anything else for that matter.

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Well a great propaganda news article for the You Ess of A. Meanwhile Russia, Ukraine, India, Indonesia, Malaysia & a few others have Sukhoi Su 30 - 35 family which which have been in production since the 1990s & while not a stealth fighter can out manoeuvre anything the Yanks have and are far more capable in almost every department plus you can get 3 or 4 of them for the price of 1 F35. Stealth doesn't stop you from being shot down anyway as the yanks found out when they lost a F117 stealth to a SAM in the Bosnia/Croatia conflict in 1999. 

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