F-35 can't land on aircraft carriers

Design flaw could have 'major consequences'

A design flaw in the F-35 Joint Fight Striker makes the plane unable to land on a an aircraft carrier, the British Telegraph newspaper reports, citing leaked Pentagon documents. The flaw caused eight simulated landings to fail, the newspaper reveals. A Pentagon report, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Concurrency Quick Look Review, noted that the “arrestor” hook on the back of the place used to stop the prevent it from overshooting into the sea while landing was too close to the aircraft’s wheels. The flaw could warrant major revisions to the jet’s structure, the report warned. Canada plans to purchase 65 of the jets between 2016 and 2022.

The Telegraph

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