F-35 flights halted at 1 base after hypoxia-like incidents

Air Force grounds F-35 squadron after oxygen deprivation issues

Air Force grounds F-35 squadron after oxygen deprivation issues

Maj. Rebecca Heyse Chief of Public Affairs for the 56th Fighter Wing said pilots had "experienced hypoxia-like symptoms ... so that's why we're taking (Friday) to cancel flying operations".

Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said the temporary halt followed five separate in-flight incidents since May 2. All the pilots training at Luke will be briefed on the incidents and on the procedures the pilots affected used to successfully restore oxygen and land the aircraft safely, a 56 Fighter Wing spokesperson said.

Officials at the 56th Fighter Wing will tell USA and worldwide pilots of the conventional take-off and landing A-model to increase their awareness of hypoxia symptoms and crews will be briefed on successful actions taken in past incidents to recover the aircraft, says the USAF. In 2012, the Air Force had to track down a mystery after at least a dozen pilots flying Lockheed's F-22 Raptor fighters became dizzy and disoriented.

The Air Force said the F-35 Program Office has created a team of engineers, maintainers and aeromedical specialists to study the incidents and figure out what is happening.

During the F-35 grounding, wing officials will educate pilots on the situation, increase their awareness of hypoxia symptoms, and review training to deal with reduced oxygen breathing, according to the release.

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F-35 squadrons at Hill AFB in Utah, Eglin AFB in Florida, Edwards AFB in California and Nellis AFB in Nevada are still cleared to fly. Gen. Brook Leonard, commander of the 56th, said in the release.

US Air Force F-35s had previously been grounded in September 2016 as fight operations had to be suspended after a discovery that electrical lines in their fuel tanks had cracked, the report noted.

Lockheed employs about 14,000 in west Fort Worth, where it builds the F-35, including 8,800 who work on the stealth fighter program. The F-35A is the Air Force model, designed for conventional runways and deemed combat-ready in August 2016.

The F-35A is the Air Force variant of the Joint Strike Fighter: The F-35B Marine Corps variant was declared combat ready in 2015, and the F-35C Nary variant is supposed to be combat operational next year.

Lockheed is still working on the F-35C, meant to operate from US Navy carriers.

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