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Air Force Command Grounds F-35A Fleet Due to Ejection Seat Problems



Gillian Rich

The US Air Force’s Air Combat Command has grounded the F-35A fleet due to a problem with devices powered by Martin-Baker ejection seat (CAD) cartridges. Martin-Baker said the problem was unique to the F-35. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

The United States Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command (ACC) grounded the F-35A Lightning II fleet during Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Device (CAD) testing.

On July 29, ACC grounded its F-35 aircraft “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement to Janes July 29. ACC began a 90-day inspection period on July 19 and shut down the park to expedite the process.

According to Martin-Baker’s Aug. 1 statement, the CAD problem was discovered during a “routine inspection” at Hill Air Force Base in Utah in April 2022.



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