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F-35 Blade Microcracking Began Three Weeks Prior To Engine Fire
September 04, 2014
The microcracks in the third stage of the integrally bladed rotor that caused a catastrophic F135 engine fire in an F-35A on June 23 began forming three weeks earlier when a pilot conducted a fairly benign maneuver with a unique combination of yaw, roll and g stresses, according to the F-35’s...
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