Pentagon grounds F-35 fighters
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets as a result of a cracked engine blade in one plane.
The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., of an F-35A, the Air Force version of the sleek new plane. The Navy and the Marine Corps are buying other versions of the F-35, which is intended to replace older fighters like the Air Force F-16 and the Navy F/A-18.
All versions — a total of 51 planes — were grounded pending a more in-depth evaluation of the problem discovered at Edwards. None of the planes has been fielded for combat operations; all are undergoing testing.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- WVU, Va. coal company at odds over research papers
- Lawmakers move to require schools to teach cursive amid Common Core wrangling
- Carnegie Mellon expert to school Congress on security
- Reports: Actor Ford seriously injured in small-plane crash in L.A.
- Hung jury to let judge settle Arias sentence in former boyfriend’s slaying
- Young white males replace older black men as OD victims as heroin deaths climb
- McConnell wants EPA rule rejected
- Feds weighed national standards but let North Dakota set regulations for oil trains’ safety
- Physicians’ organization cites shortages of doctors will grow, mostly in senior care
- Modified endoscope linked to deadly ‘superbug’ outbreak lacked FDA approval
- Dig uncovers ancient stone tool in eastern Oregon