Carrier jet ruled out of air show appearances

A full scale model of a Lockheed Martin F-35. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A full scale model of a Lockheed Martin F-35. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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A FIGHTER jet which will be in use on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers has been ruled out of appearing in the UK for the first time this week.

A grounding of the F-35 aircraft by the Americans following an engine fire in Florida last month meant the combat jet was unable to arrive for the start of the seven-day Farnborough show.

Although the grounding has now been lifted, restrictions placed on flights mean the F-35 will not be able to fly over from the USA for any part of the show in Hampshire, which ends on Sunday.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to buying the F-35 jets, pictured, for future Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The US Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear-Admiral John Kirby, said it was a ‘difficult decision to cancel the participation as Farnborough, but said the Pentagon remains confident the plane’s technical problems can be fixed.

He said: ‘While we’re disappointed we’re not going to be able to participate in the air show, we remain fully committed to the programme itself and look forward to future opportunities to showcase its capabilities to allies and partners.’