F-35B development problem

Durability testing on the most complicated version of Lockheed Martin F-35B was halted last month after “multiple” cracks were discovered in the fighter jet.

The F-35 program has had more than its share of technical problems, schedule delays and cost overruns. It’s unsurprising that a weapon system of this complexity and technical risk has this sort of problem.

An F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is preflighted before conducting a local training mission over the Emerald Coast Sept. 18, 2012. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)

An F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is preflighted before conducting a local training mission over the Emerald Coast Sept. 18, 2012. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)

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