It’s not cleared to fly in bad weather.
It’s considered to be the world’s most sophisticated super-fighter jet, but Britain’s new £150 million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode. Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet’s fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning.
According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years’ time, has also been made more vulnerable to enemy attack than the aircraft it is set to replace, after its weight was reduced in an attempt to increase fuel efficiency.
So, what’s the problem? We’ll just start all our wars on bright, sunshiny days! Besides, the government has top men working on it now. Top. Men.