90 Miles From Tyranny : Air Force Grounding Majority of F-35 Fleet

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Air Force Grounding Majority of F-35 Fleet


The U.S. Air Force has grounded most of its F-35 fighter jets because a faulty part could prevent a pilot from safely ejecting in an emergency.

The grounding is due to defects in some cartridge-actuated devices, which propel a pilot out of a plane in an emergency, according to Breaking Defense. The defects, identified by the company, are in Martin-Baker ejection seats.

Air Combat Command spokeswoman Alexi Worley confirmed the temporary grounding of its F-35s, a hyper-advanced fighter.

According to Air Force Times, Air Combat Command owns most of the 300 F-35As flown by the Air Force.

“ACC’s F-35s do have Martin-Baker ejection seats, and on July 19, began a Time Compliance Technical Directive to inspect all of the cartridges on the ejection seat within 90 days,” Worley stated, according to Breaking Defense.

“Out of an abundance of caution, ACC units will execute a stand-down on July 29 to expedite the inspection process. Based on data gathered from those inspections, ACC will make a determination to resume operations.”

Air Education and Training Command halted F-35 operations on Friday “to allow our logistics team to further analyze the issue and expedite the inspection process,” AETC spokeswoman Capt. Lauren Woods said.

The AETC oversees F-35 training squadrons at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The Air Force also has grounded its T-38 Talon and T-6 Texan II training aircraft because of the glitch, according to Air Force Times.

About 300 aircraft will be on the ground until they can have a new part installed.

Air Force Times reported that the Navy and Marine Corps have grounded their F-35B and F-35C jets.

The Times reported that all planes will be inspected before their next flight.



Other aircraft in other branches of the service also are impacted.

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2 comments:

Drew458 said...

I have to wonder if these CAD things are Chinese imports. Because, yeah, the military IS that stupid.

So right now we have no Air Force, no Marine Air, no Navy Air, and no trainers to train new pilots in.

Just wonderful. Gee, ya think some shit ought not to be on the news? For national security and stuff like that??

OldSarg said...

This is not uncommon: If a mechanic finds a part improperly installed on an ejection seat system they ground all of the same type aircraft to inspect the installations to find out if any others are mis-installed and resolve whatever design flaw allowed the mis-installation to occur.