It´s considered to be the world´s most sophisticated superfighter jet, but Britain´s new £150million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode. Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet´s fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning. According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years´ time, has also been made more vulnerable to enemy attack than the aircraft it is set to replace, after its weight was reduced in an attempt to increase fuel Headline corrected to site style by Staff.
Must be the same idiot "engineers" that foisted global warming on us. Physics 101--a charge cannot exist in a sphere and the pilot and fuel cells inside the F-35, like other aircraft, are protected. What a bunch of morons.
What a uselessly hyperventilating article. Near the end is the following quote:
"A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ´All variants of F-35 are currently within the Development Test phase and minor issues like this are common during this early stage of the overall programme´."
The article states elsewhere that the F-35 can travel almost 4 times as far at nearly twice the speed of the plane it´s replacing. It can also take-off and land vertically and replaces the Harrier jump jet.
Testing for lighting suseptability is typically done BEFORE production. I suspect some last minute design changes(they always happen) caused some tests to have to be redone while schedule pushed on ahead with production. And during that retest they found an issue that wasn´t there before. So now they fix it. This is really nothing unusual for any engineering project. But the prediction that the fuel tank could explode makes a big headline. Fixing the fuel tanks internal arc that could cause the ignition is probably not a hard thing to do and will be done in no time.
The quiet relief that follows the height of another hurricane season passing uneventfully ended in southeastern Louisiana on Thursday as Tropical Storm Karen formed near Cuba and took aim at the Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center has put on notice the northern Gulf Coast from Morgan City to Indian Pass, Fla. Karen was traveling at about 12 mph and could hit the United States sometime late Friday or early Saturday. Cities and parishes throughout the greater New Orleans area began to prepare for a storm that could make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane or nothing more than heavy
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself,” announced Bob Geldof at the launch of the One Young World summit in Johannesburg. “Sometimes progress may not be possible. “We´re in a very fraught time,” he added. “There will be a mass extinction event. That could happen on your watch. “The signs are that it will happen and soon.” Sir Bob, wearing his trademark sunglasses, addressed 8,000 One Young World delegates from 190 nations across the world in Soccer City, Johannesburg last night. He is a counsellor for the organisation, which hopes to inspire and create the
All staff and family members have been evacuated from the Russian embassy in Libya after gunmen attacked the compound in the capital, Tripoli. The foreign ministry in Moscow announced that the evacuees had arrived in neighbouring Tunisia, from where they planned to fly back to Russia. It suggested the incident was a revenge attack after the alleged killing of a Libyan by a Russian citizen. Two Libyans were reportedly also killed during the assault on the embassy. The Russian foreign ministry said its diplomats in Tunis would maintain ties with Libya. No Russian casualties were reported during the attack on
After all the nonsense that has been written about a possible rapprochement between the West and Iran following President Hassan Rouhani´s masterful public relations exercise in New York last week, the assassination of Iran´s cyber chief has brought the whole issue of Iran´s relations with the rest of the world back to a more realistic perspective. [Snip] Preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons-- there is not a single intelligence service in the West that doubts Iran is seeking to acquire a nuclear arsenal--is now the most pressing security issue of the modern age. Even the conflict-averse President Barack Obama may
Let´s imagine that America is invaded by aliens. They vaporise Congress and melt down the Statue of Liberty. What does Obama do? He hits the campaign trail. "It´s time for the Martians to pack their bags and leave the USA!" he tells screaming crowds at a university event in Boulder, Colorado. "I won´t negotiate, or retaliate--I´m just gonna stand here and wait until they go away!" Barbra Streisand sings the national anthem; Kal Pen tells a gag about flying a UFO while stoned. "Thank you Mr President for supporting the rights of gay people to marry," Eva Longoria says as
For the first time in almost two years, motorcycle-borne assassins appear to have murdered an Iranian official--this time, Mojtaba Ahmadi, the man reportedly responsible for Iran’s cyber-warfare headquarters. Whoever was responsible, and assuming that Ahmadi did indeed hold that position, this would be a new and dangerous escalation of hostilities. It comes at a highly sensitive moment in US-Iran diplomacy, just one week after the highest-level diplomatic context in years, and could empower hardliners within Iran who are searching for a pretext to close off President Hasan Rohani’s engagement with the West. Details remain murky. Some Iranian sources suggest that
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to lift the ´overly harsh´ restrictions placed on him in prison, His lawyers submitted a plea on Wednesday arguing that the conditions have left him nearly totally isolated and are impairing their ability to defend him. Tsarnaev´s lawyers said he has been confined to his cell except for visits from them and ´very limited access´ to a small outdoor enclosure. Tsarnaev, 20, is accused of building and planting bombs near the finish line of the April 15 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
A new law in Iran that allows men to marry their adopted daughters at the age of 13 has caused major concern that the country´s new president is not as progressive as originally thought. President Hassan Rouhani has been hailed as a new moderate voice in the controversial Middle Eastern government but the approval of the new law shows that the extreme beliefs in the intolerant country have not evaporated. The law was approved by the Iranian members of parliament and maintains that girls can marry with the permission of their father at the age of 13 and young boys
Japan´s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has a new leak of radioactive water which may have entered the Pacific Ocean, its operator says. Workers discovered water overflowing from one of the storage tanks late on Wednesday, plant operator Tepco said. [Snip] "[The contaminated water] went into the drain and we cannot deny the possibility of it having reached the ocean," Tepco official Masayuki Ono told reporters on Thursday. Mr Ono added that the overflow was the result of a worker misjudging how much water could be held in the tank, which was tilting because of an uneven location, reports said.
Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country’s ballistic missile programme have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel’s external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations. Ahmadi was last seen leaving his home for work on Saturday. He was later found with two bullets in the heart, according to Alborz, a website linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps. “I could see two bullet wounds on
The 48-hour impasse over the US government shutdown continued to intensify despite a meeting between Mr Obama and his Republican opponents at the White House. After more than an hour of talks, the Republican leader of the House of Representatives John Boehner emerged clearly no nearer to any agreement. The meeting had been "nice and polite", Mr Boehner said, before urging Democrats to accept Republican offers to open small parts of the government--an offer Democrats have spurned as a distraction tactic designed to shift blame for the shutdown. "All we´re asking for here is a discussion and, fairness for the
A Michigan oncologist charged with intentionally misdiagnosing patients with cancer as part of a major Medicare fraud operation will remain in prison until trial, with court officials scared he will flee to the Middle East. Dr Farid Fata--who is accused of ordering unnecessary treatments for his patients, such as chemotherapy, to enrich himself through insurance programs--made an application in the federal court to have his bond reduced from $9 million to $500,000 so he could leave prison, where he has been held since August 6. However the move backfired for the 45-year-old, who works out of metropolitan Detroit, with a
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.” Obama boasted: During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible. The President asserted that he’s
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
Despite an emergency meeting at the White House, congressional leaders reported no progress late Wednesday on trying to reach a budget deal -- while over on Capitol Hill, tempers were flaring and lawmakers were melting down on the floor of the House. The top four congressional leaders took a stab, during an hour-long White House meeting, at negotiating with President Obama over the impasse. There was no breakthrough. House Speaker John Boehner emerged saying he had a "nice, polite conversation" but complaining that Obama would not budge off his demand that Congress pass a straight budget bill -- one that does not
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait spent his government shutdown day mocking WWII veterans who were shut out by the National Park Service (NPS) when they came to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday morning, Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) and several Republican members of Congress helped tear down the barricades shutting the elderly veterans out of the WWII memorial. After the barricades were removed, dozens of veterans flooded in to conduct their often emotional visits. But, thinking he was being funny, Chait took to Twitter to poke fun at the veterans, joking that the NPS should
Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No technologist could prepare for such an onslaught. Here’s what really happened: California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday. The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a
Ronan Farrow’s ol’ blue eyes may say it all. Farrow, long described as the only biological child of actress Mia Farrow and New York filmmaker Woody Allen, may actually be the son of Frank Sinatra, his mom acknowledged in a bombshell report Wednesday. While Hollywood has whispered about the prospect for years, it was the first time that Mia publicly admitted the possibility. Asked point-blank by Vanity Fair about Sinatra’s possible parentage of Ronan, Mia coyly replied: “Possibly.” The “Rosemary’s Baby’’ actress was married to Ol’ Blue Eyes from 1966 to 1968 but continued to be his lover on and off afterward — including
Conservative talker Mark Levin has a stern warning for President Barack Obama and his administration: Don’t mess with the World War II veterans. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” told his audience on his Wednesday radio show should there be any action taken against those veterans for visiting the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, even with the government shutdown, he would bring 500,000 people to march on the Washington, D.C. in response. “I want to tell you folks something — I want to say this loud and clear to the people