posted on Nov, 18 2017 @ 06:22 AM
The F-35A airframe designated AJ-1 is being returned to the US from the BAE facility in Brough, England after undergoing static fatigue testing. The
aircraft was placed in a 350 ton test rig, and fitted with 20 miles of wiring, 2,500 strain gauges and 160 loading actuators. The aircraft is placed
under loads similar to what it would encounter in flight while on the rig.
The airframe is designed to withstand 8,000 hours of flight time, but fatigue testing has shown that it will go up to 16,000 hours with no problems.
AJ-1 is being returned for a detailed inspection after "flying" for 24,000 hours. That will give a much better idea of which parts will fail first,
and if the airframe can withstand more than twice its designed life cycle. Both the B and C have completed second life testing and are well into third