U.S. military grounds F-35 fighter jets
In this image released by the U.S. Navy, the Navy variant of the F-35 conducts a test flight on February 11, 2011.
February 22nd, 2013
03:04 PM ET

U.S. military grounds F-35 fighter jets

The Pentagon's most expensive weapons system is going to spend some time on the bench.

The U.S. military on Friday grounded the F-35 fighter jet due to a crack in an engine component that was discovered during a routine inspection in California. The fighter is currently being tested.

The Pentagon said in a statement that it was too early to assess the impact on the nearly $400 billion fleet of jets designed for use by the Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The program has been beset by cost overruns and various technical problems during development.

Currently, there are 51 planes in the F-35 fleet.

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  1. mrdenali

    Well, I guess this is one way to get your drones off the ground.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jim

    What a waste of TAXPAYERS money. Defense costs $6,000 for EAH of 110,000,000 USA households in America! Who's attacking us, Cuba?

    February 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BigToe

      I would like to Half of the US monies go to Military and space, It certainly is being waste elsewhere foolishly...

      February 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      yeah HALF the money going to space. Hi I am have no clue how much the govament be spending on space all i know is it is way too much.... 650billion on military is small compared that their space spending.
      The U.S spends about $18.7 billion dollars on space exploration (NASA's budget for Fiscal Year 2010). That equates to a little over one half of one percent (0.53%) of the total U.S. federal budget of $3.1 Trillion and a $14 Trillion economy.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NMB

    EVN, you are confusing the F-35 with the F-22 regarding the oxygen mask issues. I'm very glad that they found the crack.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. boyamidumb

    And thousands of elderly won't get their meals.

    What's wrong with this picture.

    Are you beginning to feel like this government no longer has reason to exist.

    Perhaps that is why they want so urgently to take away our ability to do something about it.

    The Supremes took away an value in our individual votes.

    Do you think this government is becoming afraid for its existence?

    Perhaps they should.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bfpiercelk

      The thousands of elderly are the ones voting for conservative lawmakers genius...

      February 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      Your name says it all..........

      February 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • allenwoll

      baid - Yes, you ARE dumb ! !
      .
      A few Gun-Happy Crazies like you are NOT going to be able to alter the "Citizens United" decision - and until THAT happens, Corporations and Terrorist organizations like the NRA call the shots - or rather BUY the shots, BUY the Pols in this nation. THESE are the people to fear ! ! !
      .
      The Voters are trumped : : : FOLLOW the MONEY ! ! ! . Don't listen to the looney Rightist propaganda ! ! !

      February 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. M Barker

    just give them to the egyptians and n. koreans and iranians and al qaueda and .... who else wants to kill us

    February 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. The King

    "$400 billion fleet of jets" How many jobs could we have created with that money? Instead, we flushed it right down the toilet. This insane "defense" spending will be a big factor in the forensic analysis of our countries impending collapse. Chinas just waiting for the fire sale.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • In the know

      Hey dumby that $400 billion produced thousands of jobs. I'm not saying I agree with the spending, but tens of thousands of high paying jobs were created at places like Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, etc...Don't pretend like none of the money didn't go to average people.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • right

      What about all the jobs that the $400b investment created? Someone has to design, test, and manufacture the planes..

      February 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      There were a lot of jobs created with that money. Think of the parts suppliers who manufactured the parts, you have engineers who designed, welders, companies that employ thousands of people. Now granted, if we spent that elsewhere you could argue we would be still be employing people. For instance if we spent that money on the space program we could employ those same people to make peaceful space exploratory vehicles to advance us scientifically as a civilization rather than build more advanced weaponry.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TM

      Umm, it created $400M or so in jobs. R&D, production, maintenance, flight training, pilots, fuel...

      February 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TM

      Wow, I was too slow to respond. Shame on me.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The King

      Hey "dumbies" it's workfare that accomplishes nothing. Lets take that money and use it to rebuild US infrastructure. You could create over a million jobs with that money.
      Watch out for the evil de 'jour. Iran? China?
      Stay fearful.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbrown

      government money doesn't create permanent jobs. If it did, you would need an endless supply of it if to maintain them. What creates jobs is a need of that particular service or product and a free market to find price discovery. You know, supply and demand or do they not teach that anymore in our NEA run re-education camps aka as public schools.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • It's free swipe your EBT!!

      Yea!!! Lets stop throwing money into defense, when there is so many needy people in the most obese nation in the world. I mean who has time to get a job when you got things like Facebook, and XBox, or PS3. I mean come on!! I mean its not like we have any reason to think somebody would want to cause harm to Americans.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbrown

      "Hey "dumbies" it's workfare that accomplishes nothing. Lets take that money and use it to rebuild US infrastructure. You could create over a million jobs with that money."

      How ironic that you call it 'workfare" and yet propose the same thing with infrastructure. Most of those jobs created would be "one off" with some retained for maintenance just like the jobs and expenditures for the F-35. I guess "workfare" is good as long as its something you like, right? No wonder this country is failing. With stupid people voting, you get the goverment you deserve.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      While I agree it's wasteful, you have to realize that somebody worked to put those planes together...

      February 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris P

      .133 billion per person if the 400 Billion was devided between us... Everyone would be a millionair...

      February 24, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. moderatejoe

    Maybe its time to limit our losses and start over. This was a hybrid compromised plane that was forced on 3 branches. Take the plane and finish it for one' Airforce or Marines and develop a better plane by lowering the bar. The Navy did this with the Seawolf Program.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jay Boouris

    Re: Just another Multi Billion Dollar Military Industrial Complex project. It is justified in that it is so expensive that now we can't afford NOT to start another war!!! Who's next!

    February 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Russ

    Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex.... sighs

    February 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RobbD

    Britain and Canada finally gave up on this fighter due to it's cost .

    February 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobbD

      ...as well it did not preform as advertised.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke Evans

      us canadians should have stuck with the avro arrow

      February 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vet

    We may all starve to death but by god we can defend ourselves!!

    February 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • The King

      Rather Orwellian isn't it? May the Lord shine a light on the exceptionalism of Oceania

      February 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      The F35 is a good program that provides thousands of good jobs for america. We dont have a space program anymore how are we suppose to advance technology if we dont develop it.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • The King

      The F35 is a WASTEFUL program that provides thousands of workfare jobs. We could have created a million jobs by rebuilding US infrastructure with that money. You know, actually got something for it.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrew

      no offence Jim but what an ignorant answer. You don't 'create' jobs by going into some wasteful programs. If you want to talk about high tech jobs, with the amount of $$$$$ spent on the JSF program one could've have a program to built cars that run on air and water while proving similar amounts of high tech jobs to American workers.
      I can probably think of 50 programs the DOD or government can invest in that can hire just as many thousands of high tech jobs that are a LOT more beneficial and economical than this F-35 program.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. empresstrudy

    Let's murder all the Jews who's fault this is.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Snacklefish

      Well that escalated quickly.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    It's articles like this that prove the upcoming sequester is probably a good thing.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. andrew

    man! is this program cursed or what? the last thing we need know is to hear of ANOTHER problem plaguing the F-35 program!!! Looks like Lockheed and the DOD is determine to throw as much taxpayer's $$$$$ as possible to make the darn thing works. Nothing wrong with it (usually) EXCEPT they could've gotten a similar fighter at half the cost and actually flying by NOW!!!

    February 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • andrew

      make that flying OPERATIONALLY.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john the electrician

    By the time this plane is operational, it will already be obsolete. Drones can fly faster, longer and turn sharper than any piloted jet. The day of the fighter jet pilot are over.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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