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An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on March 6, 2012.
An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on March 6, 2012.
(US AIR FORCE/REUTERS)

Britain’s F-35 fighter jet debut scrapped – with more trouble on the horizon

Turns out it’s too risky to fly the world’s most expensive warplane, the stealthy, deep-strike F-35 – much-coveted by Canada’s fighter jocks – across the Atlantic.

So the much-ballyhooed debut of Britain’s first F-35 at a major air show this weekend has been scrapped. In fact, all 104 F-35s built so far remain grounded – including Britain’s first F-35B, the model capable of vertical landing of hovering and then landing vertically on naval ships.