Pentagon grounds F-35 fighter fleet after finding crack in 1 engine blade

  • Article by: ROBERT BURNS , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane.

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buskahFeb. 22, 13 4:46 PM

This $400-Billion program has been a boondoggle from the very beginning. At almost $170-Million per plane I don't think America can afford this. The Pentagon was smart and spread the F-35 contracts out among 40+ states so no politicians would dare kill this program. Please remember that working on a defense program that isn't needed amounts to not much more than dignified welfare.

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jphaunFeb. 22, 13 4:47 PM

Everyone invovled with choosing to proceed with this whole program should be fired including the politicians, the generals, the lobbyists, etc... They could have kept the F-15 lines going and we could have gotten thousands of new versions that are still unrivaled in the air.

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erikj3Feb. 22, 13 6:02 PM

We can afford this outrageous waste of money, yet FOOD STAMPS are the problem? This program should be canceled and the money put to use rebuilding our infrastructure.

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turgidFeb. 22, 13 6:26 PM

Half a trillion here, half a trillion there. Pretty soon you're talking real money.

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justanother1Feb. 22, 13 7:10 PM

Time to ban these assault weapons.

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zekefaxFeb. 22, 13 7:41 PM

If they don't work why don't they hide that fact and leak the design to other countries so that they can waste their money building them!

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jimmywestoneFeb. 22, 13 8:49 PM

$400 billion program for these planes. If I did my math correctly, that is about $1,200 for every man, woman, and child, in the united states. And the war hawks in congress wonder why we are in debt....

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