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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.