F-35 FIRE: A pilot is safe after an emergency egress June 23 from an F-35A that caught fire while preparing for takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The pilot was preparing to conduct a training mission when the fire was detected in the aft end of the single-engine, stealthy fighter. Eglin houses the F-35 schoolhouse for pilots and maintainers. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Meanwhile, program officials are preparing for the aircraft’s international ...

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