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Air Force grounds F-35s over ejection seat concern

The Air Force’s most sophisticated combat fighter jet is grounded for the time being. The U.S. Air Force won’t fly almost all F-35s in the United States, after problems were found with explosive cartridges that propel the pilot ejection seat out of the aircraft. The Navy has found the problem in some of their jets, and has been able to replace the faulty parts.

The Air Force said last week it was ordering inspections of all the F-35’s ejection seats within the next 90 days and has enough of the cartridge inventory to replace any faulty ones it finds. On July 29, it grounded the planes that had not already been assessed.

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Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks has has completed a two-year buildup of F-35s, with squadrons comprised of two operations squadrons of 54 permanently assigned, F-35A Lightning Aircraft.

Alaska has the distinction of being the state with the most concentrated combat-coded, fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Alaska is considered the premier training location in the United States and is home to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex’s more than 75,000 square miles of airspace.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. So odd this would come right after OBiden chatted with his overlord Xi. My question is, if we were suddenly attacked by China would our F35 pilots sit on their hands, following traitor Obiden’s orders, or would they fly anyways? Hmmm…

    • The pilots would be sent into battle with faulty ejection seats. Biden has no regard for our service members look at Afghanistan. The major failing here is that fat slob Mark Milley broadcasting military readiness to our enemies.

  2. Have the F35s identified themselves as having a seat issue? It’s not appropriate to assume. They may be otherwise abled or see themselves as fit for duty.

    What does Twitter think? That’s what’s really important

    • Ever been in a firefight? Or a aircraft that malfunctions? What happens if the pilot gets shot down?

      Possibly the stupidest comment ever. We are not feudal Japan requiring our warriors to commit suicide.

  3. Probably would go in a true emergency and not be too concerned about needing to use the ejection seats, prepared to die for their country like most US warfighters!!

    • This thread is bringing out the Rambo wannabes in force.

      Have you ever been in combat? Actually listened to people who have? Based on you Liz Cheney style comment, probably not.

      My best friend for years did two tours in Iraq. I had the honor to be a guest at a Korean War vet reunion. Almost to a person said when the bullets were flying they fought for the man next to them, not the country.

      They died for the man next to them, not the flag. Nobody ever once said they signed up to die for the country. They signed up to make the other guy die for their country.

      Love of country is why many sign up and serve. Not to die for the flag.

      Find a copy of Black Hawk Down. Read it. It is full of stories of heroism and sacrifice. For they person next to them.

      Time to grow up, Rambo.

  4. Wow all that money and research and they still can’t get it right. I have little trust in our woke military with overpriced Complicated equipment. Wait until monkeypox shuts down the army.

  5. First we send our F-22s to Poland, then we ground all the F-35s. Why don’t we just roll out the red carpet for China and turnover like a dead Cockroach.

  6. Let’s just gift wrap Pelosi and give her to China, that just might work. She could parley by teaching them how to corner the stock market and collect all the government contracts for your spouse while he is driving around intoxicated.

  7. Wait, I’m liking this idea of faulty ejection seats. Nancy is going over to the Far East. Can we put her in one of these for the trip over?

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