Hahaha!The F-35 was struck by lightning


The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter jet may finally be able to operate in thunderstorms, or near lightning clouds.Sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it – lightning is afraid of being struck by lightning?But for the US Air Force, it’s a lot of tears…The Air Force Times reported on Wednesday that Laura Seale, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon’s Joint Program Office, said that if f-35A upgrades go ahead, the first F-35A will be ready by July this year.The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A fighter jet reported that in the spring of 2020, AIR Force support personnel discovered a problem with the F-35A’s airborne inert gas generation system during maintenance.The system is responsible for injecting nitrogen-rich air into the jet’s internal fuel tanks so that when lightning strikes, the tanks do not ignite or explode.Maintenance crews carrying out routine repairs found an alarming break in the line that feeds nitrogen into the tank.Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35, said the problems emerged after the F-35A was delivered to the US Air Force.However, more than half of the 24 F-35As tested had similar pipeline problems.After problems with the system, the AIR Force ordered f-35AS not to fly within 25 nautical miles of thunderstorms or lightning clouds.Can flying restrictions prevent lightning strikes?Reality soon hit home.According to the report, the air force times, according to data obtained on August 3, 2021, a bolt of lightning hit a plane in mid air F – 35 a, “this is a case of never before disclosure, the pilot will be damaged aircraft to fly back to base, no one was hurt, but the air force will be classified as class B accident – which means that maintenance costs between $600000 to $2.5 million.Seale acknowledged that the incident is still under investigation and the ultimate repair cost could change.”In addition to the Air Force, f-35s from other BRANCHES of the U.S. military are also frequently struck by lightning.Not long ago, a lightning strike severely damaged two Marine Corps F-35B fighter jets, causing $570,000 in damage.As of Jan. 25, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps F-35s had reported a cumulative 15 lightning strikes, each costing between $25,000 and $570,000 to repair, Seale said.To make matters worse, Seale admitted, “The root cause of the f-35A’s nitrogen line failure is still under investigation.The Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin are actively working to develop engineering remediation options while continuing to investigate the root cause of the damage in the original system configuration.”As the root cause of the problem has not been identified, the current solution is to upgrade the nitrogen line through the tank system upgrade.Seale would not say exactly how many F-35s would need to be converted, but the Air Force has about 300 F-35As by fiscal year 2021.So the restrictions will remain in place until all aircraft are upgraded, meaning they could remain in place until the end of 2025, when all affected F-35As have been repaired.The “Hornet” fighter of Kuwait Air Force was struck by lightning, but the lightning protection of aircraft is indeed a very important problem for air forces of various countries, especially with the increasing electronic equipment of modern aircraft, the lightning protection performance requirements are higher.Even so, lightning strikes are not uncommon.In the 1980s, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet was struck by lightning, which ignited fuel vapor in the aircraft’s belly drop tank.In 2017, a US Air Force B-52 bomber was struck by lightning in flight, leaving a large hole in the tail skin.In December 2018, a Hornet fighter of the Kuwaiti Air Force also suffered an air scare.Lightning struck the fuselage, leaving obvious scars on the cockpit cover, causing the aircraft to vibrate violently.Because of the potentially serious consequences of lightning strikes, Seale made it clear that “pilots of all USAF aircraft — not just THE F-35 — are instructed under USAF flight regulations not to intentionally fly into a thunderstorm zone.”

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