F-35s grounded

Okie4570

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It's not just F35 either. There are T38 at Vance and across the nation that have the bad batch serial numbers. A guy that works at Vance was telling me Sunday, there's only one company that makes the cartridges of course lol.
 

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It's not just F35 either. There are T38 at Vance and across the nation that have the bad batch serial numbers. A guy that works at Vance was telling me Sunday, there's only one company that makes the cartridges of course lol.
Yup. In the video, he said it is affecting T38 and T6 trainers, as well as Hornets, Super Hornets, Growlers, and a few others.
 

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Maybe it's just me, but... This doesn't sound like the type of thing that needs to be on YouTube. What happened to the days when this sort of thing was considered something we didn't really want our enemies to know about?
Dunno. Ward Carroll was a Naval Academy grad, and during his 20 year career, was a Naval Aviator (F14 RIO), operations officer of Carrier Air Wing One, and an instructor at the Naval Academy. I'm thinking if he's not concerned about it, we probably don't need to be, either.
 

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I see your concern and raise it with the ire of those who demand the government answer all questions.

This happens more times than people want to admit or even think of. Counterfeit bolts and aircraft parts without proper documentation has and will continue to be a huge problem.

How do bolts get counterfeited? Ask the brothers in prison in New Jersey after a aircraft mechanic just happened to notice the bolt markings didn’t look like the one he just installed in an adjacent hole. Happened 2 years ago at Tinker and a couple of non police curious coworkers went to the vendors warehouse and caught the brothers doing shady stuff and turned them in. Went down really quick.

F-35? I have no clue, but it happens regardless of platforms. I was an E-3 in the Navy in the South China Sea when I got the word I was flying with the helicopter and a few other maintenance folks on an authorized “One time flight” to get the bird on the USS Midway so we could remove the rotor head to inspect, remove and replace the nut that holds that big rotor head onto the main gear box. It was referred to as the “Jesus Nut” and we got it done. The rest of the H-3 Fleet was hard down around the world.
 

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I am more worried about it affecting the F-18s. They would have to escort the F-35s anyway but could do the mission on their own.
 

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