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Statement: The F-35 will not participate in the Farnborough International Airshow

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

U.S. Department of Defense Statement:

As you know, 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.

That said, I can confirm that the Department of Defense -- in concert with our partners in the U.K. -- has decided not to send Marine Corps and UK F-35B aircraft across the Atlantic to participate in the Farnborough air show.

This decision was reached after consultation with operational commanders and air worthiness authorities, despite the decision by air worthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to flight.

When we consider deploying  aircraft operationally we look at many factors, to include operational risk, weather and ground time.  All these factors were weighted appropriately in making this difficult decision.

While we are disappointed, we remain fully committed to the program and look forward to future opportunities to showcase its capabilities to allies and partners.

As Secretary Hagel made clear, safety – as always -- remains our top priority. 

Lockheed Martin Statement:

While we were looking forward to the F-35 demonstration at Farnborough, we understand and support the DoD and UK MOD's decision.