9 July 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Eglin Air Force Base on Thursday, the site of the recent F-35 fire that has resulted in the entire fleet being grounded. During his visit, Hagel is expected to speak with those looking into the incident. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the visit will send a strong message to the U.S.’s international partners that the it remains fully committed to the F-35 program. While there is still no decision on whether the F-35 will attend the Farnborough International Airshow as originally planned, the Pentagon would reportedly be “disappointed” if it does make an appearance. Kirby suggested that there’s no rush to get the F-35 back into the air and that the situation has done nothing to lessen the confidence in the F-35. (Image Credit: USN)
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