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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Picks Up Yet Another Black Eye
An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was photographed slumped on the tarmac at Eglin Air Force Base on Wednesday after its front nose landing gear "collapsed," Air Force officials announced. The episode is yet the latest black eye for the ultra-expensive and ultra-defective aircraft.
- The aircraft, an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, experienced a ground mishap at approximately 12:50 p.m. on the flight line at Eglin following an undefined in-flight emergency, the Air Force announced in a statement.
- A photographer from the Northwest Florida Daily News managed to snap a photo of the aircraft:
- "Fire crews responded immediately and the pilot suffered no injuries as a result of the incident," the Air Force said in a statement. As with most aviation mishaps, An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is underway.
- This is not a good look for the beleaguered F-35 program. A Government Accountability Office audit of the program published in June revealed 966 “open deficiencies” (read: defects) as of this past January, 180 of which will not be resolved before full-rate production."
- The Pentagon “has made progress in completing the F-35 development program,” the GAO report said, per Bloomberg News. “However, in its rush to cross the finish line, the program has made some decisions that are likely to affect aircraft performance and reliability and maintainability for years to come.”
In May, a Military Times investigation revealed that both the number of military aviation mishaps and the number of personnel killed have surged to a six-year high. This photograph probably won't help calm the nerves of future F-35 pilots.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.