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F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash
« on: September 29, 2018, 07:37:45 AM »
From: BBC - 29 September 2018

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A F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries.

The Marines said in a statement that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

The F-35 is the largest and most expensive weapons programme of its type in the world.

Global sales are projected at more that 3,000 aircraft, and the programme is likely to last for some 30 to 40 years.

But the programme has been criticised both for cost and combat effectiveness.

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America’s first F-35B stealth fighter crashes | news.com.au

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The jet belonged to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 which is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.

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The crash comes after the US military’s F-35B joint strike fighter conducted its first-ever air strike on Thursday.

The strike took place in Afghanistan against a fixed Taliban target.

The aircraft involved were the US Marine Corps’ variant of the aircraft flying from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship.

The Marines confirmed the strike, saying: “During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander.”

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Re: F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 10:25:36 AM »
Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35s after crash | Shephard Media - 11th October 2018 - 16:07 GMT
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The Pentagon grounded the global fleet of F-35 stealth fighters on 11 October, as a result of the first ever crash of the costliest plane in history.

A Marine Corps F-35B was completely destroyed in a crash during training in South Carolina on 28 September. The pilot safely ejected.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-notes/pentagon-grounds-global-fleet-f-35s-after-crash/