Lockheed Martin and Pentagon officials have carefully planned their talking points at this week’s Farnborough air show to focus on the F-35’s reliability. Thus far, that indeed has been the focus—but with a far different spin than anticipated. The F-35B’s international debut in the U.K. was bedeviled by the Pentagon’s July 3 grounding of the fleet after the June 23 F-35A engine fire described by U.S. Navy officials as “catastrophic.” The ...

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