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    Deliveries of F-35s and Engines on Hold in Latest Fallout from Texas Crash

    Deliveries of F-35s and Engines on Hold in Latest Fallout from Texas Crash

    Deliveries of new F-35 Lightning II engines, as well as the modern stealth aircraft itself, have been paused as the investigates what led a variant of the aircraft to crash on a runway in Texas last month.

    The F-35 Lightning II Program Office told Military.com in an email Thursday that, with some models of the aircraft being grounded following the Dec. 15 incident, it has paused delivery of the fighter jets from production facilities. Additionally, defense contractor Pratt & Whitney — which makes the F135 engines for the jet — and the military services have agreed to stop engine deliveries during the maintenance inspections.

    “Flight operations restrictions have been imposed at all F-35 Production facilities, which has had the effect of halting aircraft deliveries,” the F-35 Joint Program Office said, adding it has also delayed delivery of F135 engines “until further information from the investigation is known and safety of flight can be ensured.”

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    Having deliveries of new engines halted could be a sign of progress toward getting some models of the F-35 back in the air, according to Jeremiah Gertler, a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, D.C., who specializes in aviation.

    “Engine deliveries being stopped implies they are checking to see if it is an engine issue,…

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