F-35 fleet grounded for oil warning checks

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 16, 2014
All F-35s were grounded for a period last week so that oil sensor inspections could be conducted. (Lockheed Martin)
All F-35s were grounded for a period last week so that oil sensor inspections could be conducted. (Lockheed Martin)

The entire fleet of approximately 104 F-35A, B and C models was grounded for parts of last week after an in-flight emergency of a USMC F-35B at MCAS Yuma on June 10.

The emergency was attributed to an oil warning light on the aircraft, and prompted a 90-minute inspection of all development, training and operational test F-35s currently in service.

A June 13 statement by the JSF Project Office confirmed all the aircraft would be inspected and likely returned to flight on June 14, and that similar faults had been found on three F-35Bs at Yuma, but on no other aircraft.

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A report in the Wall Street Journal said the oil warning was traced to the oil flow management unit which provides oil to the engine bearing compartment on the P&W F135 engine.

3 Comments

  • Adam Richard

    says:

    This is why you need a 2 type fighter force. Things like this are always going happen.

  • The Road Runner

    says:

    They are already back in the air

  • Raymond

    says:

    The RAAF will have a two-type fighter force at least for the medium term – the Super Hornets / Growlers and the F-35.

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