Another Setback For JSF | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 06.29.15

Airborne 06.30.15

Airborne 07.01.15

Airborne 07.02.15

Airborne 07.03.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 06.29.15

Airborne 06.30.15

Airborne 07.01.15

Airborne 07.02.15

Airborne 07.03.15

 

Wed, Sep 07, 2011

Another Setback For JSF

Testing Finds Flaws In F-35 Wing Structures

Just weeks after the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter got back to flight testing, a new design problem has cropped up. An aluminum beam in the wing structure has been found to be "defective," an issue that could lower the aircraft's wing life from 8,000 hours, or about 25 operational years, to just 1,200 hours, which equates to about five years of flying.

While Gizmodo reports that F-35 program spokesman Joseph DellaVedova said "This is not considered a serious issue," Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's top testing official, told Bloomberg News that the fix will be "a difficult and complex process." And the repair will have to come out of the program's existing budget.

As those who have followed the program know, the JSF program has been plagued by cost overruns and delays. The test fleet was recently grounded due to a power supply problem, and had only just been returned to operational status. Back in January, then-defense-secretary Robert Gates had put the program on notice by imposing a two-year probation after discovering other structural flaws. Budget hawks have long viewed the program, often described as the most costly defense acquisition in history, as a tempting target. A major program review is also reportedly planned as pressure grows on Congress and the President to cut spending.

But the JSF does have its fans. Recently, Senators Jony Cornyn (R-TX) and Saxby Chamblis (R-GA) sent a very direct letter to the Pentagon, and incoming Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, chastising the DoD for its tepid support for the program. Perhaps not surprisingly, the F-35 accounts for thousands of jobs in those two states.

FMI: www.jsf.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.02.15: Bell 525 Flies!, Archer DX Delivers, Boss 182 Upgrade

Also: Wingfoot@AirVenture, Airbus On Pilot Training, XPrize, EFD1000H PFD For Bell, Atlanta Warbird Weekend, Lee Bottom Flying Field, Air Canada/Unifor, National Air Cargo Fined Ju>[...]

Airborne 07.01.15: Hexacopter Shot, E Hampton Airport, Eclipse 'Special Edition'

Also: Airport Discrimination, Jeff Skiles, EAA Chapters, NBAA's Quiet Guidelines, United Consolidates, Dreamliner Display, Iraqi General F-16 Loss Whether it’s federal regula>[...]

Airborne 07.02.15: Bell 525 Flies!, Archer DX Delivers, Boss 182 Upgrade

Also: Wingfoot@AirVenture, Airbus On Pilot Training, XPrize, EFD1000H PFD For Bell, Atlanta Warbird Weekend, Lee Bottom Flying Field, Air Canada/Unifor, National Air Cargo Fined Ju>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.03.15)

T-6 Driver This website was built 'to help current and aspiring T-6A pilots find the information that they need.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.03.15): Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC)

The average distance from the leading edge to the trailing edge of the wing.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC