F-35 Failure Due To Excessive Rubbing Of Engine Blades, Says The Pentagon

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The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer said this past weekend that the problem with the entire fleet of recently grounded F-35 fighter jets was due to “excessive” rubbing of fan blades in the plane’s Pratt & Whitney engine.

Luckily, it does not seem to be a design flaw which means the planes could indeed make their scheduled international debut at the upcoming Farnborough air show.

Engineers found a large amount of rubbing by the fan blades against a cowl which ultimately led to failure.

Marillyn Hewson, chief executive of Lockheed Martin, said, “People who understand the nature of take this in stride as normal discoveries in .”

Marshall Smith

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