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Pentagon clears F35 Fighter Jets

Updated: Tuesday, July 15 2014, 11:56 AM CDT
The Pentagon has cleared the fleet of F-35 Fighter Jets to take flight again.
This comes less than two weeks after the fleet was grounded.

According to a statement from the Department of Defense, the F-35 fleet will have limited flight clearance which includes extra engine inspections.
   
An engine fire in an F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base last month prompted military officials to ground the planes.
   
The limited flight clearance will remain in effect until investigators identify and correct the root cause of the June 23 engine mishap.
   
The Pentagon says it is hopeful that its most expensive weapons project will make its international debut at the Farnborough Air Show in England.

However---Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall says the fire started because the engine's blades were rubbing together---causing one of them to come off.
               
That blade made contact with some fuel and sparked the fire.
He believes it was an isolated event.
   
Pentagon clears F35 Fighter Jets


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