Fifth generation fighter jet? Five incidents involving American F-35 jets

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Fifth generation fighter jet? Five incidents involving American F-35 jets

Fifth generation fighter jet? Five incidents involving American F-35 jets

Last year, the US Government Accountability Office issued a negative outlook for the F-35 program, suggesting the country’s air force will face… 20.10.2022, Sputnik International

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The US actively promoted the export of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets. According to the news outlet Hotcars, US aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin has so far supplied about 200 F-35s to the air forces and navies of other countries, including the British Royal Air Force. Another 600 export orders are reportedly still on the table at the Pentagon. Meanwhile, technical difficulties with the fighter jet’s pursuit do not appear to be easing, with officials confirming Wednesday that a United States Air Force (USAF) F-35 fighter jet has crashed at the end of a runway near Salt Lake City, Utah. . The 388th Fighter Wing tweeted that a pilot could have thrown himself from the plane with more than $100 million before it made an emergency landing. The crash became the latest in a string of such incidents that have taken place in recent years. Here’s an insight into some of the incidents related to what is now considered the most expensive jet fighter in production. “Landing Mishap” In January 2022, an F-35C Lightning II fighter suffered a “landing accident” on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea. The US Navy said at the time that seven sailors were injured, while the pilot was safely ejected and later recovered. In March, the Navy announced that it had retrieved the stealth fighter jet from a depth of 12,400 feet (3,780 meters) using a remotely operated vehicle. Collision with flying tankerIn October 2020, a Navy F-35B aircraft crashed near Naval Air Facility El Centro, California after an air collision with the US transport tanker aircraft KC-130J. The incident occurred while the KC-130J was refueling the F-35B in mid-air. The pilot of the F-35B was successfully ejected from the plane and the KC-130J made an emergency landing near the California thermal community. No one was injured in the collision, according to the Marine Corps. In May 2020, a U.S. Air Force F-35A crashed while landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, military officials said at the time, adding that during the landing, according to the USAF, the fighter jet’s pilot and systems were both responsible for the crash. incident. A subsequent Air Force probe found that a landing speed that was too high was the main cause of the F-35A crash, although faulty flight control logic, problems with the helmet-mounted display, the fighter’s oxygen system and ineffective simulator training all contributed to the accident. crash of an F-35 aircraft in the 17-year history of the fifth-generation jet program. The incident involving the F-35B Lightning II took place outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina, according to USAF officials, who added that the fighter jet crashed during a regular training mission. The US military subsequently grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighters over the incident, later determining that the cause of the crash was a faulty fuel line. Landing Gear Collapse The September 2018 incident was preceded by an accident in August of that year, when an airborne emergency forced a USAF F-35A to return to Eglin Air Force Base, where the aircraft’s nose landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to lie face down on the runway. The USAF said the fire service responded immediately and the pilot of the plane assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron was not injured.

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Last year, the US Government Accountability Office issued a negative outlook for the F-35 program, suggesting that the country’s air forces will face incredible maintenance costs once F-35 operations peak in 2036.

The US actively promoted the export of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets. According to the news outlet Hotcars, US aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin has so far supplied about 200 F-35s to the air forces and navies of other countries, including the British Royal Air Force. Another 600 export orders are reportedly still on the table at the Pentagon.
Meanwhile, technical difficulties with the fighter jet’s pursuit do not appear to be easing, with officials confirming Wednesday that a United States Air Force (USAF) F-35 fighter jet has crashed at the end of a runway near Salt Lake City, Utah. . The 388th Fighter Wing tweeted that a pilot could have thrown himself from the more than $100 million plane before it crashed.
In this September 10, 2019 photo released by the United States Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II fighter jet is aimed from a hangar at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.04.2022

F-35 program still plagued by many major problems, official says

The crash became the latest in a string of such incidents that have occurred in recent years. Here’s an insight into some of the incidents related to what is now considered the most expensive jet fighter in production.

‘Landing accident’

In January 2022, an F-35C Lightning II fighter suffered a “landing accident” on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea.

The US Navy said at the time that seven sailors were injured, while the pilot was safely ejected and later recovered. In March, the Navy announced that it had retrieved the stealth fighter jet from a depth of 12,400 feet (3,780 meters) using a remotely operated vehicle.

Collision with flying tanker

In October 2020, a Marine F-35B aircraft crashed near Naval Air Facility El Centro, California after an air collision with the US transport tanker aircraft KC-130J. The incident occurred while the KC-130J was refueling the F-35B in mid-air.

The pilot of the F-35B was successfully ejected from the plane and the KC-130J made an emergency landing near the California thermal community. No one was injured in the collision, the Marine Corps said.

Crash after landing

In May 2020, a U.S. Air Force F-35A crashed on landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, military officials said at the time, adding that the pilot was taking part in a routine nighttime training flight during the accident.

According to the USAF, both the pilot and the jet’s systems were responsible for the incident.

A subsequent Air Force probe found that a landing speed that was too high was the main cause of the F-35A’s crash, although flawed flight control logic, problems with the helmet-mounted display, the fighter’s oxygen system, and ineffective simulator training all contributed to the crash. accident. .

First USAF F-35 Crash Ever

In September 2018, the US military suffered its first major crash of an F-35 aircraft in the 17-year history of the fifth-generation jet program.

The incident involving the F-35B Lightning II took place outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina, according to USAF officials, who added that the fighter jet crashed during a regular training mission.

“The US Marine pilot was safely ejected from the one-seat plane and is currently being evaluated by medical personnel. There were no civilian casualties,” they said in a statement at the time.

The US military subsequently grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighters over the incident, later determining that the cause of the crash was a faulty fuel line.

“An investigation found that a manufacturing defect caused a fuel hose from the engine to rupture during flight, resulting in a loss of power to the engine,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released in 2019. .

Landing gear collapse

The September 2018 incident was preceded by an accident in August of that year, when an airborne emergency forced a USAF F-35A to return to Eglin Air Force Base, where the aircraft’s nose landing gear collapsed, leaving the aircraft on the ground. the ground crashed. the runway.

The USAF said the fire service responded immediately and the pilot of the aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron was not injured.

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