Photo: US Military Uses Lightning Rods to Protect Troubled F-35 Jets From Storms | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Photo: US Military Uses Lightning Rods to Protect Troubled F-35 Jets From Storms

A June memo noted the OBIGGS system, once believed to be fixed, is continuing to turn up manufacturing flaws that reduce F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin’s confidence that the plane can weather a direct lightning hit without blowing up.

“The F-35B as a composite type aircraft does not provide inherent passive lightning protection,” the US Marine Corps (USMC) said in 2018, when Marine Corps Times reported the service was buying 14 LBA Technology lightning rods to protect F-35Bs at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan.
"To be clear, lightning protection is widely considered a best practice for all flight line operations and is an essential safeguard for all aircraft, not just the F-35,” USMC spokesperson Capt. Christopher Harrison told the publication. “Procuring portable lightning rods simply provides a reliable, cost-effective precautionary measure to protect the aircraft when they are located elsewhere on the flight line.”

As a result, the F-35 is recommended to avoid flying within 25 miles of lightning or thunderstorms by the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, after all this time with this still hugely troubled fighter jet!!

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