(JustPatriots.com)- During a bungled landing on Thursday morning at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, a pilot ejected from a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jet.
According to reports, the pilot successfully ejected.
A Lockheed official stated they knew of the F-35B crash on the shared runway at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. Their top priority is safety, and they will follow the proper inquiry protocol.
White Settlement police stated that they responded to a request from the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin around 10:15 a.m. regarding the crash, which occurred on military land near the flight line. Police stated there were no reports of a fire.
Reports show footage of the incident depicting the F-35B hovering, touching down, ascending, and leaning forward. Its wheels appear to fall beneath the aircraft, causing damage to the aircraft’s nose. The pilot ejected after the plane had rotated 180 degrees and then reversed direction.
The Defense Contract Management Agency stated that the F-35 Pilot was transferred to the hospital for precautionary measures and later released with no significant injuries reported. People are our top priority, and they were thankful no one was injured.
The Fort Worth Lockheed Martin complex, where the F-35 is assembled and tested, is near the military installation. Marine Corps-operated F-35B aircraft can take off quickly and land like a helicopter, allowing them to operate in isolated areas. The aircraft is also capable of supersonic speed over lengthy distances. Additionally, the United Kingdom and Italy utilize it.
Due to technical issues, the Marines deemed the F-35B combat-ready in 2015, five years later than initially planned. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Defense acknowledged the crashed aircraft belonged to Lockheed Martin and had not yet been transferred to the U.S. government. The DOD stated that it was unaware of the pilot’s background and the Pentagon declined additional comment on the matter.
Lockheed aims to deliver up to 153 F-35s by the end of the year, having already delivered at least 88.
I hope the Navy kept the receipts.