View Full Version : F-35s Are About To Have Their Wings Torn Open

09-24-2016, 12:18 PM
The Air Force plans to fix their F-35As by the end of the year after 15 planes were grounded for problems with the fuel tanks, the head of the stealth jet program said Tuesday.

Seven weeks after the Air Force declared initial operational readiness for the F-35As, flight teams revealed that pieces of insulation around the coolant lines within the fuel tank were dissolving into the jet fuel. Since fuel is stored in the wing of the F-35, maintenance teams will have to cut open the wings to replace the defective parts.

Only the model F-35 models have the issue, but in addition to the 15 grounded aircraft, 42 jets at various stages of production have the issue as well