F-35 training may be delayed over security warnings

Tuesday - 11/1/2011, 6:06pm EDT

The Air Force, Navy and Lockheed Martin are pushing for training to begin on the new F-35 Joint Fight Strike Fighter, despite recommendations by Dr. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Wired reports.

Gilmore recommends a delay of 10 months to avoid risking the occurrence of a serious mishap. But Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Owen and Navy Vice Admiral David Venlet have rejected the recommendation wary of additional delays. Incomplete flight manuals, an untested ejection seat and a faulty generator are just a few of the issues at hand, according to the Wired article.

The F-35 will replace the 80s-model F-15s, F-16s and F-A-18s.

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