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    After Crash Suspended F-35 Deliveries, Program Clears Hurdle

    After Crash Suspended F-35 Deliveries, Program Clears Hurdle

    The Pentagon is one step closer to being able to deliver F-35 Lightning IIs following a crash in Texas late last year that led to investigations and grounding of some models of the next-generation fighter jet.

    The F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office announced Friday that engineers have identified a “rare system phenomenon” in F135 engines noticed during inspections that followed the Dec. 15 mishap. A variant of the jet crashed on a runway at Naval Station Joint Reserve Base Worth.

    “The actions the government and industry team are taking will ensure incorporation of mitigation measures that will fully address/resolve this rare phenomenon in impacted F135 engines,” the Joint Program Office said in an emailed statement to .com. “At this time, the JPO has authorized the resumption of engine deliveries to the production line.”

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    Deliveries of the F-35 and flights of affected variants have not yet been authorized, according to the Joint Program Office.

    “The government is currently working to provide instructions to the fleet and to Lockheed Martin to enable safe resumption of flight operations of impacted aircraft and new production aircraft,” the office said in its emailed statement. “The safety of our warfighters is our No. 1 priority.”

    The Marine Corps variant, an F-35B, crashed during a vertical landing…

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