BREAKING: Fire Breaks Out on F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Pilot Safe | USNI News

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was severely damaged — possibly destroyed — in a Monday morning fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., USNI News learned.

No injuries were reported and officials have begun an investigation into the incident, defense officials told USNI News on Monday.

“The aircraft was preparing to conduct a continuation training mission at the time of the incident, but aborted during takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base due to a fire in the back end of the aircraft,” according to a Monday statement provided to USNI News from the Air Force.

“Emergency responders extinguished the fire with foam.”

The aircraft was a F-35A — the Air Force variant of the fighter — assigned to the 33rd “Nomads” Fighter Wing. The wing is schoolhouse for all versions of the JSF and trains sailors, airmen and Marines.

via BREAKING: Fire Breaks Out on F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Pilot Safe | USNI News.

I’m not going to read too much into this. By this stage of their development, most aircraft have suffered mishaps that resulted in strikes.  But it surely isn’t helping the program to have one erupt in flames.

7 thoughts on “BREAKING: Fire Breaks Out on F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Pilot Safe | USNI News”

  1. That’s interesting. Strange location for a fire as well, as it was described, anyway. Hopefully they will find the reason for the fire and fix it quickly. The country already has too much in the program.

  2. I still cringe to see that F-22 Raptor video with the PIO, but that’s part of debugging anything. Of course, taking a 1/4″ off the aileron cables is a wee bit different than finding the one line of bad code, but it’s still a necessary process.

  3. This happened just before the F-35 was supposed to make an appearance in England for an Airsho. Yeah, back end fire, it’s not like P&W just started making engines. Nice comment about cable rigging captainned, duly noted and appreciated sir.

    1. Before you think I’m too smart, I was referring to debugging planes back when they had large piston engines in them and skilled engineers could get away with the “cut & try” method of failure remediation (the engineering equivalent of “hold my beer & watch this). If I left the impression that the F-22 PIO was fixed so simply, I goofed.

  4. You have a point and I absolutely got it. Can’t beat the R&D and implementation to battle of most of those piston driven A/C namely the F6F Hellcat. My favorite period for fighter (and some civilian) aircraft was during the time of pistons and cables. Never learned to fly but loved to jump out of ’em. Shoulda seen my face after freefalling out of a B-17G…was not
    lost on the significance (to me), of the
    moment. Nothing quite beats the sound of a radial engine (one or more) firing up in the morning. Mommy!!!!

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