Navy's F-35C Suffers 1st Major Mishap, Costing Millions in Damages | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Navy's F-35C Suffers 1st Major Mishap, Costing Millions in Damages

Two Navy fighter jets were damaged during an aerial refueling exercise off the coast of Virginia late last month, including an F-35C participating in its first round of operational tests aboard an aircraft carrier.

The F-35C was receiving fuel from an F/A-18F Super Hornet off the coast of Virginia on Aug. 23 when debris from an aerial-refueling basket was ingested into the Joint Strike Fighter jet's engine intake, said Lt. Travis Callaghan, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces.

The mishap led to engine damage for the F-35C, assigned to the California-based "Rough Riders" with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125. While rare, Callahan said parts of refueling baskets being sucked into an engine's intake are the most common form of non-bird foreign object or debris strikes in the Navy's tactical aviation fleet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The F-35 was released for service on December 5th, 2006.

And the question I must ask, is why, after 12 years of horrific technical foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders, not to mention cost overruns from here to eternity, can LOCKHEED MARTIN'S engineers not get the damned thing fixed?!?

Is it their very generous contributions to both sides of the Aisle, for Presidential and Congressional races, which hold LOCKHEED MARTIN "harmless and indemnified" over the lack of progress in really, and intelligently fixing the litany of known bugs in the F 35's systems?!?

It is question which We, the American Taxpayers, need to be asking, particularly right now, when it appears that our weapons design and manufacturing companies have blown any overweening competitive edge we might have had, compared to Russia and China's weapons designers.

Folks, this is a dangerously nasty place for the US military to be, particularly in light of the fact that it may be flirting with war with Russia and Iran in Syria in the very near future.

As those of you who read this blog understand, I loathe the concept of war as a solution to this country's geopolitical problems; but when that happens, to protect our men and women in the military, our weaponry manufacturers have an obligation to give them the best they can; Lockheed Martin has failed our military miserably with the F-35, and should be working 24/7 to correct these flaws.

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