Oldest F-35B Could Hit Service Life Limit In 2026

Credit: F-35B: USMC
Structural defects mean the earliest F-35Bs delivered by Lockheed Martin could reach a service life limit by 2026 after 2,100 flight hours, according to the Pentagon’s director for weapons testing. The design specification of the F-35B called for a service life of 8,000 flight hours, but early...
Steve Trimble

Steve covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC.

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