Would-be F-35 customers are still trying to determine if they can afford to operate the new fighter for the long term as a debate over the cost per flying hour for the stealthy aircraft continues between the Pentagon and manufacturer Lockheed Martin. And even as stakeholders try to sort out the ownership price for the aircraft, a grounding of the entire test fleet owing to an engine issue threatens to again delay its in-service date and increase the already bloated price tag to develop ...


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