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Marine F-35s Grounded Again As Yet Another Frickin' Thing Needs To Be Replaced
The trouble continues for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the aircraft with more bugs than Klendathu.
- A “couple dozen” Marine Corps F-35Bs were grounded to repair two fuel tubes, Defense News and Marine Corps Times first reported on Thursday, the second time so far this month.
- On Oct. 11, the Pentagon’s Joint Program Office that oversees the F-35 ordered all of the planes to suspend flight operations in order to replace a different fuel tube that was identified as a problem as part of an ongoing investigation into the Sept. 28 crash of an F-35B in South Carolina.
- An analysis of the F-35’s engine determined that the two other fuel tubes needed to be replaced even though they had not failed, said JPO spokesman Joe DellaVedova, adding that the repairs "can be completed on the flight line by line maintainers."
- “When a part is available, we anticipate replacements can be completed in less than 48 hours," DellaVedova told Task & Purpose on Thursday. "Parts are in the supply line and Pratt & Whitney is working to expeditiously further ramp up supply. The exact number of engines that may require replacement fuel tubes speaks to operational security and readiness status of the fleet, and will not be released by the JPO.”
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
‘That cavalier misdirection cannot stand’ — Washingtonians ask judge to reduce ‘extremely noisy’ Navy Growler flights
The Citizens of Ebey's Reserve (COER) is asking a federal judge to require the Navy to roll back the number of EA-18G Growler practice flights at Outlying Field Coupeville to pre-2019 levels until a lawsuit over the number of Growler flights is settled.
COER and private citizen Paula Spina filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Thursday.
According to the motion, since March 2019 the Navy has increased the number of Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and shifted most of its Growler operations to Outlying Field Coupeville, which is near the Reserve and the town of Coupeville.
"The result is a nearly fourfold increase in Growler flights in that area. Now the overflights subject residents in and near Coupeville to extreme noise for several hours of the day, day and night, many days of the week," said the court document.
A 26-year-old man died after he failed to surface from waters off Molokai while participating in a scuba diving tour over the weekend.
He has been identified as Duane Harold Parsley II and was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, according to the Maui Police Department.
LOS ANGELES — For decades, Japanese American activists have marked Feb. 19 as a day to reflect on one of the darkest chapters in this nation's history.
On that date in 1942, during World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the forced removal of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent from their homes and businesses.
On Thursday, the California Assembly will do more than just remember.
‘Take what’s inside and get it outside’ — Air Force psychologist reminds airmen of mental health resources
Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.
Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.
"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.
Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."