Military lifts grounding of the F-35 fighter jet

Military lifts grounding of the F-35 fighter jet


YUMA, AZ – The Military has lifted its grounding of the F-35 fighter jet.

That means soon you will see the powerful fighter jet that flies under the radar racing high above the Yuma skies. The F-35 squadron plans to have all four of its fighter jets up in the air by the February.

The Marine Corp Air Station Yuma will slowly build up to 16 F-35 fighter jets by the end of 2013.

Captain Staci Reidinger says all mechanical problems have been fixed.  Initially the F-35 was grounded after a January 16th test flight at Eglin Air Force base in Florida was aborted due to an engine problem in the jets fuel system. 

Reidinger says mechanics and pilots have already completed their certifications and are ready to fly. 

The squadron will have 16 of the fighter jets by the end of this year. Until then they will continue their training on simulators.


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