It takes a strong stomach to read about this. For some people it’s just the waste of money, others can’t stand anything to do with the military. For me it’s the long story of WTF??
How did we end up here, with a plane that has trouble working. With the ‘B’ variant, short take off and landing having weight issues, the ‘C’ variant, carrier based had tail hook issues; and I guess they all have fuel line and lightning causing fire issues.
My issue is with the process which began as the Joint Strike Fighter back in 1996. The concept was to have a competition to develop 1 aircraft that had common parts with 3 different types of aircraft. This was done…no laughs…to save money. There are many more details for you to find out on your own….
A test pilot preparing for takeoff in what is billed as the world’s most advanced military aircraft made an unsettling discovery last week: A cockpit signal warned him of a fuel problem and closer inspection revealed a hose that carries jet fuel had come loose in the engine compartment.
The result was a scramble to investigate the incident and the grounding over the weekend of twenty-five F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being tested at air bases in Florida and Arizona, as well as Lockheed Martin’s production factory in Fort Worth, Texas. The decoupled hose was only the latest of many glitches in the costliest weapons program in U.S. history.
Just days earlier, the Pentagon’s Operational Test and Evaluation office’s annual report to Congress had identified the “fueldraulic” lines at the heart of the incident as a potential fire hazard.
The report said that a 2008 decision to remove certain fire protective systems from the plane to save weight, including those associated with the fueldraulic lines, resulted in “a 25 percent increase in aircraft vulnerability.” It warned that removal of these systems meant the F-35 did not meet a requirement that it be less vulnerable to damage from fires than older, similar military aircraft.