Pentagon grounds F-35 fleet after runway fire

Story highlights

  • Fire took place June 23 at Eglin Air Force Base
  • The Joint Strike Fighter is grounded for engine inspections
  • The F-35 program has been beset by delays and cost overruns over the years
The Pentagon's most expensive weapons program ever, the F-35 warplane, is grounded again.
Developed at a cost of nearly $400 billion so far and beset for years by cost overruns and delays, the so-called Joint Strike Fighter was put down temporarily this w