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 ...

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