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Earlier this week, the United States temporarily suspended all F-35 operations worldwide after the first-ever crash of the advanced F-35 Lightning II fighter jet in September.

On Sunday, most grounded F-35 fighter jets in the US and beyond were given the green light for flight, the aircraft’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin said.

The manufacturer added that the US-made stealth planes returned to the skies after their engines were meticulously inspected, with some of the warplanes assigned for a fuel pipe replacement.

 

 

Earlier this week, Israel, Australia and Britain announced that they had decided to ground all of their fight-generation F-35 fighter jets.

The move came after the Pentagon’s F-35 Lightning II Program said in a statement that the US temporarily grounded all F-35 operations worldwide after the first-ever crash of the sophisticated fighter jet led investigators to suspect that a common problem exists with the jet’s fuel tubes.

The Defense Department, for its part, noted that any faulty fuel tubes installed on the F-35 jets will be removed and replaced, but if inspection reveals that good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status.

On September 28, a Marine F-35B crashed in South Carolina due to technical failure in a jet engine fuel pipe, according to investigators.

In September 2016, the US Air Force (USAF) ordered the grounding of 15 F-35A jets after the discovery of “peeling and crumbling” coolant tube insulation installed in the wings of the jet.

The F-35’s operating coasts remain a major headache for the USAF and European customers. According to the latest Pentagon acquisition report, the cost per hour of operating the F-35 averages $30,000 compared to $25,500 per hour for the older F-16.

While the initial cost of the F-35s was about $132 million, some estimates put the actual price tag at a whopping $198 million each.

 

 

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    bob sykes · 08:42 10/15/2018
    The cost of air planes is always a mystery, because the air frames, engines and electronics come from different manufacturers and are priced separately. The cost given in the press might not include one or more of these items. For example, Lockheed now claims they can produce F-35's for under $90 M. Is that the air frame only?
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    Sherlock · 18:08 10/14/2018
    Cleared to CRASH.
    Why is no one in prison for that pile of graft and corruption?
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    Joe Blow · 16:01 10/14/2018
    Wrong. The US doesn't give or even sell single S-22 to anyone.
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    Joe Blow · 14:56 10/14/2018
    The US lost 14%of it's F-22 fighter jets in a single day. Now that's the REAL story!
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