Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Turbulence for F-35

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

While Idaho officials fight to make a "short list" of possible bases to house the training and/or operations of the F-35, manufacturers announced July 27 that parts of the prototype fighter jets are failing.

Officials with Lockheed Martin said parts of the strike fighter were causing problems with flight testing. The parts include cooling fans, hydraulics, valves, switches and power system components. At the same time, company officials said the problems should not delay delivery of the first planes next year.

Idaho and five other communities are competing for the chance to house the jets, and reap millions of dollars of economic activity expected to come along for the ride.

Recently Citydesk hopped in the "cockpit" of an F-35 simulator.

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