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US F-35 Jets in Europe Resume Flights After Parts Inspections

  • The 26 fighter jets can resume Russia deterrence flights
  • Air Force inspections of suspect ejector-seat part continue
F-35 A Lightning II fighter jet

F-35 A Lightning II fighter jet

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The 26 US F-35 fighter jets based in Europe have resumed flying missions after temporary groundings and inspections of their ejector seat parts, according to an Air Force statement.

“All subordinate commands hosting F-35A Lightning II throughout the European theater conducted a review” at the direction of Air Force headquarters, US Air Forces-Europe-Africa said in a statement on Monday. The fighter jets “underwent an immediate review” and “both squadrons will continue normal operations,” it said.