China National News Saturday 23rd February, 2013
• Famous US stealth jet grounded
• Pilots told to stay out after wing crack revealed
• Officials concerned fault may deter jet buyers
The US Defense Department has decided to ground all its F-35 stealth jets.
Fighter pilots have been told to stay out of F35 cockpits as a precautionary measure following the finding of a mechanical fault, namely a crack in an F-35 engine.
Officials from the F-35 Joint Program Office are working with Lockheed Martin and Pratt Whitney, the joint makers of the plane, to determine any problems.
Wanting to return the aircraft safely to flight as soon as possible, officials are concerned other countries might cut their orders for the jets.
The Navy, Air Force and Marines have their own versions of the F-35.
The Marine version was recently grounded for a month because of unrelated problems.
F-35 planes had a history of delays and cost overruns during their development.
Is that what Canada wanted to purchase from the US ?