Another incident with an American F-35 fifth generation fighter
WASHINGTON, (BM) – F-35 landing gear failure occurred on June 9 at a military airfield in Utah, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing several sources.
The US Air Force Hill base runway temporarily ceased operations after a hard landing of a fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II fighter, which resulted in the aircraft landing gear breaking down. The incident occurred during a training flight. The pilot left the plane and was sent for medical examination.
The previous accident involving F-35A occurred less than a month ago, on May 19, 2020, at Hill Air Base in Florida. A plane worth $ 89.2 million crashed while landing. The pilot managed to eject.
Recall, the F-35A fighter is an aircraft of the F-35 Lightning II family, designed for ground based. There is also a short take-off and vertical landing version of the F35B and a F35C carrier-based fighter. F-35, created by Lockheed Martin, became the winner of the competition for the creation of a single assault fighter JSF.
Like the F-22 Raptor, the F-35 is a fifth-generation aircraft made using low visibility technology. From the predecessor fighter designed to gain superiority in the air, F-35 family aircraft are distinguished by their ability to solve a wider range of combat missions, as well as lower cost.
At the moment, various modifications of the F-35 are in service with both the US Air Force and many countries – allies of the United States.
Over the past years, F-35 crashes have occurred repeatedly. The plane was criticized for the lack of performance characteristics, as well as miscalculations in the design and software errors.
In 2018, the Israeli Air Force first used the aircraft in a combat situation to strike at targets on the territory of Syria.
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