By Dow Jones Business News,
July 15, 2014, 03:08:00 PM EDT
By Dion Nissenbaum
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Defense Department announced Tuesday that it won't send its advanced F-35 jet fighter to
England for a long-awaited international debut because of lingering concerns about an engine fire that has dealt a blow
to the Pentagon's most expensive military program.
While the military cleared the F-35 for limited flights early Tuesday, the Pentagon said that the restrictions made
it impossible to fly the plane to England to take part in the Farnborough International Airshow currently under way. The
entire F-35 fleet was grounded on July 3 because of an engine fire that raised concerns about safety of the next
generation fighter jets.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the Pentagon still has confidence in the F-35, but
that the restrictions still in place on the jets made it impossible to send one to England.
The cancellation also deals a blow to Lockheed Martin Corp., which makes the F-35, and United Technologies Corp.
unit Pratt & Whitney, which makes the engines.
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