15.07.2014 By: Craig Hoyle - FG
The dramatic lifting yesterday of a grounding order on the Lockheed ¬Martin F-35 briefly raised hopes that the stealthy type could make a transatlantic dash to the show, but was followed by late news from Washington that the Joint Strike Fighter will not be able to visit the UK.
An airworthiness board convened by the US Air Force and US Navy on Monday had approved a return to flight order for the F-35 fleet, but under certain limitations. These included a new inspection interval for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, and a restricted flight envelope. To remain in place until the root cause of a late June fire has been identified, the measures effectively made the trip to the UK impossible.