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Hill Likely to OK $8B F-16V Sale To Taiwan; DoD Mulls Where To Train

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Trump administration is finding Taiwan to be a more than willing partner as it continues to look for ways to counter China

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F-35 Production Hurt If Turkey Kicked Out Of Program: Vice Adm. Winter

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“We would see within 45 to 90 days an impact of the slowing down or stopping of those parts to the three production lines,” Vice Adm. Mat Winter told Congress.

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JPO Fixing F-35 Oxygen, Carrier Landing, Software Glitches: VADM Winter

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CORRECTED number of hypoxia incidents ARLINGTON: As the F-35 prepares for a massive ramp-up in production, the program is fixing the costly, controversial plane’s last technical glitches, Vice Adm. Mat Winter said in his first press conference since becoming program director. Winter expressed confidence about three problems in particular: air supply for pilots, carrier landings, and… Keep reading →

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Luke Lifts F-35 Flight Restrictions

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: As happened with the F-22, the Air Force gets reports of possible hypoxia incidents — known officially as “physiological episodes” — imposes flight restrictions to investigate and then lifts the restrictions without knowing exactly why they happened. That’s what happened today with the announcement that the 25,000-foot restriction on its F-35A fighters was lifted… Keep reading →

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JPO Launches Team To Look At 5 F-35A Luke AFB Hypoxia Events

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON:  The two Air Force F-35As scheduled to cross the Atlantic Ocean and fly at the Paris Air Show are still scheduled to go after Luke Air Force Base declared a one-day stand-down to brief pilots on five apparent hypoxia incidents afflicting pilots there since May 2. “The F-35 Joint Program Office, along with the U.S.… Keep reading →

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F-35A Will Fly At Paris Air Show; JSF Boasts High Readiness Rates In Europe

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The F-35A demonstrated higher mission capable rates during its just-concluded European deployment than the fourth generation aircraft it is replacing. “It’s very important to know that we are experiencing reliability rates rates that are unheard of in our legacy fleet with this jet. We’ve seen a very, very high rate of success with just… Keep reading →

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Flight Ops Of 15 F-35As Suspended Due To Fuel Tank Problem

Posted by Colin Clark on


The US Air Force and Norway announced the temporary suspension of flight operations for 15 F-35As today because of “peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks.” The problem, caused by a supplier, was discovered during depot modification of an F-35A and affects a total of 57 aircraft, 42 of them still on the… Keep reading →

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The Tale Of The F-35 And Hot Jet Fuel

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The blogosphere was filled yesterday with bilious smoke sparked by an Air Force story written at Luke Air Force Base about how the fuel trucks there were being painted a new color to keep fuel cooler for the F-35 fleet. Here’s the quote from the official Air Education and Training Command story that started it all: “We… Keep reading →

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