Why America’s F-35 Stealth Fighter Fleet Is Grounded

The U.S. Air Force recently grounded its fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters due to an issue impacting the airframe’s ejection seats.  As a pilot’s last line of defense during a mishap, the jet’s ejection seat system is critical – it must stay in working order. During a routine check in April, a potential problem came to light affecting the seat’s explosive cartridges, which help to propel the seat once ejection protocol is underway. The F-35 is the U.S. military’s

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