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Grounded F-35B Will Fly Again ‘Soon,’ P&W Says

Discussion in 'The Americas' started by Manmohan Yadav, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Less than two weeks after an engine problem grounded all F-35B jump-jet variants, officials believe the problem has been isolated and the jets will soon resume testing.

    “The F-35 Joint Program Office and Naval Air Systems Command are developing a return to flight plan which details the removal and inspection requirements of currently installed fueldraulic lines on the 25 F-35B variants affected by the flight suspension,” Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the F-35 Joint Program Office, wrote in a statement.

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    “The fueldraulic line enables actuator movement for the STOVL vectoring exhaust system,” wrote DellaVedova. “Instead of traditional hydraulic fluid, it instead uses fuel as the operating fluid to reduce weight. Stratoflex, the company that produces the line, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney have instituted corrective actions to improve their quality control processes and ensure part integrity.”

    “The investigation determined the [fueldraulic] line was improperly crimped,” according to DellaVedova. “An audit of quality control records identified six additional non-compliant units which have been removed from aircraft and returned to Pratt & Whitney, the prime contractor for the F-35 propulsion system, for replacement.”

    “We have begun the process of removing the suspect fueldraulics tubes from the STOVL [short-takeoff, vertical-landing] aircraft, and we are performing additional X-ray imaging inspections on the tubes in order to ensure their integrity,” P&W spokesman Matthew Bates wrote. “The team continues to work diligently toward completing the investigation and implementing corrective actions with the supplier. We anticipate a return to flight for the STOVL variant soon.”

    The STOVL variants were grounded after a Jan. 16 test flight at Eglin Air Force Base was aborted due to engine problem that was later identified as a fueldraulic system failure in the jet.

    The conventional F-35A and carrier F-35C variants are unaffected.

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  2. Skull and Bones

    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Yakeen maniye (Zahil Hamid ishtyle), it'll be grounded soon.
     
  3. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    I really feel sorry to see such a beautiful jet going to the dumps
     
  4. neil_diablos

    neil_diablos Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Beautiful? In what way? Just looks or are you referring to the functional ability of the jet?
     
  5. criminally bad

    criminally bad BANNED BANNED

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    he say for f-35's beauty.
     
  6. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    I am saying for Looks and electronics capability.

    functional ? what functional ??? :troll:
     
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    aaAaaa what???
     
  8. Picard

    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    Beauty doesn't kill. And when I see F-35, my first thought is its wing loading and after that, Yorkshire boar.
     
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    G777 Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Its not fixed properly, thats what I am worried about.
     
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    the only way that plane is going to fly is on a merry-go-round ... :troll:
     
  11. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    if it will be grounded then with What USA promote its high tech self praising
     
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    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    It's not designed properly, it would need stronger engine, larger, more swept-back wings (to the point of removing the tail), new gun, redesigned canopy just to become a usable air-to-air fighter.
     
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    I just want them to fix the aircraft. We need planes for our carriers however I fear from what I have read, that low fuel could also result in the plane being lost aka the fueldraulics.

    I dont like the idea, if a fuel pump fails then no fuel to act as hydraulics.

    This is going to be a great Harrier replacement :dude:
     
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    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    F-35 can't be "fixed", it has to be scrapped and new aircraft designed from get-go, one that isn't STOVL and without any radar LO crap, with completely separate design for STOVL aircraft.
     
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    But we need a STOVL or VTOL for our carriers, we have no choice or alternative. Okay we might have ideas but then getting the Mod to even look at them is impossible because of their commitment to the F35.
     
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