Hundreds of Fort Worth made F-35s grounded for inspection after crash

The F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi-role combat aircraft showing its vertical lift fan at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Even before the F-35 grounding, experts speculated that Mattis's goal of reaching 80 percent readiness for these aircraft-the F-35, F-22, F-16, and F/A-18-was a pipe dream.

US airmen walk next to a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, as it is moved, on the eve of the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France June 18, 2017.

"If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced", according to the Joint Program Office statement.

"If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status", DellaVedova said.

The F-35 fleet is the most expensive weapons system in the United States and the fighter planes are manufactured at Lockheed Martin's plant in Fort Worth.

The Pentagon grounded the global fleet of F-35 stealth fighters on Thursday, as a result of the first ever crash of the costliest plane in history.

According to a source at Lockheed Martin, the inspections are not expected to significantly impact delivery or production of the jets.

All three services have stopped flying the F-35 while fuel tubes in the aircraft are inspected and replaced if necessary. The Air Force has 156, the Marine Corps has 61 and the Navy has 28.

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A day before the crash in SC, another Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II was used in its first US combat mission to strike a Taliban target in Afghanistan.

The decision comes amid the investigation into the September 28 crash, which happened after the F-35B's take-off from an air station in Beaufort.

The temporary suspension of all F-35 flights is an embarrassment given the extraordinary cost of this frequently troubled programme. Luckily, the pilot of the crashed aircraft ejected and landed safely.

"We will take every measure to ensure safe operations while we deliver, sustain and modernise the F-35 for the warfighter and our defence partners".

Other nations that have signed contracts to join the F-35 program include the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway, according to the Pentagon. Mission capable rates now hover between 49 and 71 percent, according to Defense News, which first reported the order.

Mr DellaVedova said: "The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents".

But the MOD said F-35 flight trials from the aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, were continuing and the programme remained on schedule to provide United Kingdom armed forces with "a game-changing capability". The Israeli warplanes, purchased from the US, are a different model than the American one that crashed.

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