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F-35A Fighter Jet Flights Suspended After Fire At U.S. Air Base

by Wochit 1:00 mins

F-35A Fighter Jet Flights Suspended After Fire At U.S. Air Base

by Wochit 1:00 mins

The U.S. Air Force on Monday temporarily halted flights at a Florida air base of 26 F-35A fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp after a jet caught fire as it was preparing to take off for a training flight. The pilot aborted the takeoff and was not injured. Pentagon spokesman, Joe DellaVedova, had no immediate details on the cause of the fire or extent of the damage to the F-35 conventional takeoff model. The incident came just days before a group of F-35 B-model jets are due to fly to Britain for the jet's international debut. This is also the second incident that has affected F-35 flights in recent weeks. The U.S. military ordered mandatory inspections of all 97 F-35 fighter jets earlier this month after a Marine Corps F-35 B-model jet suffered an oil leak in flight.

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