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Pentagon found Cracks in F-35C Durability Tests November 18, 2015

Spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) Joe DellaVedova stated that testers have found cracks in a main structural element of the wing of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

DellaVedova stated that a crack was found in one of its 13 wing spars while inspecting the F-35C in late October. Government and prime contractor engineering teams are formulating a solution, he added."Initial estimates indicate a modification of approximately a half a pound to the aircraft will fix it," said DellaVedova. "Modifications to planes flying today will be incorporated to ensure full life operation."

The F-35C variant is differentiated by its larger wings and more robust landing gear, designed for catapult launches and sudden stop by wire catch aboard naval aircraft carriers. F-35C wingtips fold to allow for easier storage aboard a carrier as well.

Extraordinary siuations about F-35C's wings appeared in social media in the past.

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