F-35 Warplanes Grounded After Blade Crack Scare

Mike O'Brien

The Pentagon’s biggest weapons program, the $396 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project, was dealt a setback when a routine inspection uncovered a crack on a turbine blade in the jet’s engine. Flights of all 51 F-35s were suspended on Friday as engineering teams prepared to investigate the crack and establish whether or not it is a fleet-wide problem. It was the second time in two months that the jet was grounded. Of those 51 jets, 34 were in use for training and 17 were b...
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