F-35s cleared to resume flights

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2012 was the year the F-35 finally took off at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM.

EGLIN AFB — The three variants of the F-35 fighter jet have been cleared to fly again.

The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base received word from the F-35 Joint Program Office on Thursday evening that the Air Force’s F-35A and the Marines’ F-35B can resume training flights, according 33rd spokeswoman Maj. Karen Roganov.

The F-35B is scheduled to resume training flights this afternoon. The F-35A’s next scheduled flight will be Tuesday, Roganov said.

The Navy’s F-35C also has been cleared to fly.

All three variants of the military’s newest fighter were grounded Feb. 21 after a crack was discovered on the engine blade of an F-35A during a routine inspection Feb. 19 at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

It was the sixth time one or all variants of the F-35 had been grounded.

The 33rd at Eglin has 22 F-35s for the Air Force and Marines. Pilots and maintainers from both branches have been training at the base for months.

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