It’s been just three months since the U.S. Air Force declared the long-awaited F-35A ready for combat. But already the joint government-Lockheed Martin operation that manages the world’s largest fighter program has overcome a major hurdle, returning most of the operational fleet to the skies just weeks after grounding 15 aircraft due to debris discovered inside the wing fuel tanks. The rapid turnaround of a complex maintenance challenge reflects the Joint Strike Fighter’s ...


Register now for free access to "How Grounded F-35s Returned To Flight " and other premium content selected daily by our editors. 


Current magazine subscribers: digital access to articles associated with your subscription are now included at no added charge to you. Simply use your subscriber email to log in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account).
Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to for access.


Already registered? here.