The F-35 program suffered another setback this week. 15 of the planes are grounded because of an insulation problem that has a dramatic-sounding solution. Marcus Weisgerber of Defense One described that solution in detail. He also attended this week’s Air Force Association conference, and described his impressions of the new vibe at the conference this year on National Defense Week.
Photo: A U.S. Air Force pilot navigates an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing into position to refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 336th Air Refueling Squadron over the northwest coast of Florida May 16, 2013. The F-35 Integrated Training Center was established at Eglin Air Force Base and was responsible for conducting student pilot training and maintainer training for Airmen, Marines and Sailors responsible for the aircraft. Public domain photograph from defenseimagery.mil.