A version of this article appears in the July 21 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. In the long run, the F-35’s absence from the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough air show will have minimal impact on the program’s long-term fortunes. In the mid-term, however, the F-35’s export hiatus may hobble the program’s economics. First, the good news. Even though the recent F-35 fire and subsequent fleet grounding came at a bad time, it likely will be ...

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