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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

This past July, the USAF, Navy and Marine Corps all grounded their F-35 squadrons after a fire in the rear of a plane forced a pilot to abandon takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

But it is the latest problem with the fighter jet’s reliability depending on the temperature of its fuel that now has IDF and other defense officials concerned. Israeli summers are hot – really hot – and the Negev sun is glaring on the tarmac.


White paint or not, it’s a little scary to think a multi-million dollar military aircraft’s performance relies on how cool its fuel stays in the hot summer sun.






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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. USA military engineering process sucks, that’s why defects, which can be fixed in a snap, accumulate, and field technicians, lacking solutions, invent “creative” workarounds. That’s why it’s crucial for Israel to have an ability to fix things in place, like it’s done for most US military equipment.

  2. I very Sorry to say this but The Israeli Government Deserves this for cancelling the Lavi Project. The Next Generation of the Lavi would have been an equivalent of the F-35. Unfortunately The Government is built up of Politicians Who Sit in a Parliament in Israel Called The Knesset. A Large group of Baboons is called a Parliament of Boboons.

  3. Because the F-35 was designed (intended) to be all things for all services—the big selling point Lockheed used to reel in the contract—it is one of the most complex fighter jets ever to take to the air, and yet will not be the universal-roll aircraft promised. It will likely set records for post-production development fixes, which might not be so bad in any arms system if the manufacturers suffered the cost of the difficulties governments pay so dearly to absorb.

    But for the F-35, this fuel problem is yet another reason it CANNOT begin to replace the A-10 for close-air support of front-line troops and tank units, where special provisions for aircraft complexities cannot be met and at the same time provide timely support in mission- and life-critical situations for soldiers aircraft are tasked to support.

  4. Some problems can't be solved with technical fixes, if the problems are built into the basic design. According to the Rand Corporation a "Think Tank" based in California that work closely with the US military, made the following statements with regards to the F35. The aircraft is overweight and underpowered, has serious design and structural problems, can't turn, can't climb and the stealth shape and coating doesn't work very well ! In conclusion in wargame scenarios this plane was unable to hold its own against older fighter designs that are currently serving in the Chinese and Russian air forces. Words used to describe this aircraft by pilots and engineers working with a machine are as follows: A Dog, a Lemon, Double Inferior !! The Last comment is pertaining to its inability to climb and turn in a dogfight.

    To purchase this machine would be extremely unwise.

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