– Ejection seat problems: USA ground force F-35 fighter jets
The US Air Force has ordered an inspection of all engines. There are problems with the emergency release of the ejection seat.
A problem with the ejection seats has led to the grounding of the US Air Force’s F-35 fleet. This has been reported by various American media. A spokesperson for the seat manufacturer and an Air Force media spokesperson confirm the facts Special portal AirForceTimes. The jets are expected to remain on the ground through the weekend and a decision will be made early next week on resuming flight operations.
The Navy’s F-35 fighter jets will also be grounded for the time being, with more than 300 machines likely to be affected. For security reasons, the spokesman did not want to say how many of them have now been landed. However, it said all flights must be re-checked before departure. The tests should be completed by October before the inspected machines can go back into service.
The flaw was discovered in April, but at first only individual ejection seats were thought to be affected. Apparently, these don’t fire properly in an emergency because the cartridge lacks the magnesium powder needed to ignite the ejection seat. The Air Force has grounded about 300 T-38 and T-6 fighters using the same Martin-Baker Aircraft Company ejection seat cartridges. These machines are mainly flown for training purposes.
More than 800 F-35 fighter jets are currently in service worldwide, and manufacturer Lockheed Martin plans to produce 3,000 of the machines. And the Switzerland chose this person. It’s unclear whether other countries’ F-35s are also affected by the ejection seat safety issue.