A close call for the world’s most advanced warplane?

By Douglas Birch

Fuel line leaks and a special vulnerability to lightning are the latest troubles for the Pentagon's advanced fighter jet

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… st one of a number of problems the OT&E report detailed in the Marine, Air Force and Navy versions of the plane, all currently undergoing testing. They inc …"

"… t judged “too complex for field use.” Following the incident at Eglin Air Force base in Florida, the Marine Corps launched a review of what caused the hos …"

"… finished quickly. The two other variants of the F-35, one designed for the Air Force and the other the Navy, were not affected by the glitch because they don …"

"… the kind of performance and maturity” of the other two versions -- the Air Force plane designed for conventional landings and a Navy version adapted to lan …"

Costly work ahead for F-22

By Aaron Mehta

America's newest fighter jet needs years of upgrades and repairs, but pilots are not keen to fly them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… ” about it.Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va, told reporters Monday that some pilots have asked tha …"

"… g hypoxia, the persistent in-flight oxygen shortage that has flummoxed the Air Force and the plane's builders.They said the heightened risk of an accident had …"

"… risk of an accident had caused them to take out extra life insurance. The Air Force, they said, urged them to keep flying so it could learn more about the pro …"

"… nment’s watchdog. Meanwhile, the price tag for one of the most expensive Air Force projects in history will keep going up.The plane officially rolled off the …"