The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will survive its failure to show up at two major international air exhibitions this month. It was a good thing, in that the non-event showed that the U.S. and British military airworthiness experts had the authority and common sense to put safety first. The no-show does point to issues with the program. Despite some rhetoric, there is no such thing as an “isolated” failure on the scale of the June 23 fan-stage breakup that caused the recent ...
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