F‑35 Jets Delivered to Marine Corps Found With Metal Shavings in Fuel and Improper Assembly 🛩️⚙️

F-35 Jets Delivered to Marine Corps Found With Metal Shavings in Fuel and Improper Assembly 🛩️⚙️
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A con­cern­ing memo obtained by Defense News has revealed that five new F‑35C Joint Strike Fight­ers deliv­ered to a U.S. Marine Corps fight­er squadron in Cal­i­for­nia were found to have sig­nif­i­cant faults, includ­ing met­al shav­ings in con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed fuel, incor­rect­ly assem­bled parts, and a plas­tic scraper pro­trud­ing from a wing fold.

Marine Fight­er Attack Squadron 311, based at Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Mira­mar in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, dis­cov­ered these issues which ulti­mate­ly required over 700 hours of work to rec­ti­fy and result­ed in the wastage of more than 169,000 pounds of fuel, as stat­ed in the memo dat­ed Jan­u­ary 7.

One par­tic­u­lar­ly alarm­ing find­ing was a plas­tic scraper dis­cov­ered pro­trud­ing from the wing fold of one of the squadron’s jets on Decem­ber 7, after the jet had flown. 

The memo high­light­ed this and oth­er issues that raise ques­tions about the qual­i­ty con­trol process­es in place for the Lock­heed Mar­tin-man­u­fac­tured F‑35s.

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