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US F-35's debut at British air show in doubt

This image released by the US Navy Visual News Service October 3, 2011 shows an F-35B Lightning II making the first vertical landing on a flight deck at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS WaspThe Joint Strike Fighter has been touted as a technical marvel but the fleet remains grounded as authorities investigate what caused an engine fire last month for one of the aircraft, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Officials had viewed the July 14-20 Farnborough International Air Show as a promising opportunity to show off the new plane before a global audience in Britain — a country that has invested heavily in the project. “There has not been a decision made on that yet,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters when asked whether the plane would fly at the event as planned. “I think certainly we’d be disappointed if we weren’t able to take it to Farnborough.

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