F-35 Return to Flight Statement: Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby

Washington, D.C. // July 15, 2014

Yesterday the air worthiness authorities for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force approved the F-35 fleet to return to flight. This is a limited flight clearance that includes an engine inspection regimen and a restricted flight envelope which will remain in effect until the root cause of the June 23 engine mishap is identified and corrected.

We remain hopeful that the F-35 can make an appearance at the Farnborough airshow. This information is an encouraging step, but no final decision has been made at this time.

Safety remains the overriding priority. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Any further questions should be addressed by The Office of the Secretary Defense.

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