[Editor’s Note: As the Popular Mechanics article explains BASH is Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard. We will look for the stories that have have suggested in the comment. Thank you for the contribution.]
You need more stories on USAF Whistle-blowers with the F-35 and F-22.
On May 7th at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni an F-35B assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 collided with a bird on takeoff. The pilot, uninjured, safely taxied the aircraft off the runway. DOD classified the incident “Class A” by DOD which implies at least $2 Million in damage to the aircraft as well as its grounding for repair.
While reminding his readers that the aircraft is “relatively safe from an accident perspective” the author still points out:
• Three ground fires from engine exhaust, one causing severe pilot injury
• A 2018 crash in South Carolina due to a manufacturing defect
• Complete loss of a Japanese F-35A just last month with exact cause unknown.
Task & Purpose is far less kind in their report. See below.
• Acting SecDef Shanahan thinks the F-35 program is ‘f–ked up’ just like everyone else
• U.S. Ends Search for Missing F-35
• U.S. Military Now Denies That Japan’s Missing F-35A Has Been Found