WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says the U.S. military’s new-generation F-35 fighter jet will not go to the Farnborough International Airshow in England because of continuing inspections after an engine fire last month.
Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby says that while limited flights have been approved for the aircraft, there are a number of restrictions that would make it difficult for the fighter jets to fly across the Atlantic to the airshow.
One restriction requires an engine inspection after every three hours of flight.
The entire fleet of nearly 100 planes was grounded after a fire at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Kirby says inspections so far have not revealed a systemic problem and defence officials feel “increasingly comfortable” that the aircraft will be able to return to full flight.