F-35 Fighters Granted Flight Clearance


OKALOOSA COUNTY-- The Air Force and the Navy have given limited clearance for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to return to flight.

Experts grounded the entire fleet July 3, after an engine fire a week earlier in one of the jets sitting on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base.

The limited flight clearance includes engine inspections every three hours of flight, until experts can identify the cause of the engine fire and correct the problem.

Department of Defense officials were hopeful they could still take the F-35 to the Farnborough International Airshow in England which began Monday and ends Sunday.

But Tuesday they said that will not happen, and that safety remains the overriding priority.


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