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More ejector seat problems
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:29:29 PM »
The following was posted on the Touchdown News newsgroup today :
Ejector-seat glitch hits German warplanes
Sep 17, 2010, 16:47 GMT
Berlin - Germany's air force said Friday all its fighter planes were
susceptible to a potential fault in their ejector seats, but insisted that
it retained full military domination over German airspace.
The fault, disclosed Thursday, initially grounded all 55 Eurofighter planes.
The air force said the fault could also affect all 195 of its Tornado
fighter-bombers and its 45 Phantom F-4 jets.
'We have been successively inspecting all the aircraft since Thursday
evening,' said a spokesman in Berlin.
The problem was easier to repair in the Tornados and Phantoms than in the
Eurofighter, he added.
Any faults found would be fixed by early next week. In some jets, a part of
the ejector seats would have to be replaced, while others had passed tests
without repair and could fly again.
It remained unclear when the Eurofighters could return to the air and the
air force was working urgently to find a solution.
The air force said that at no point had there been any reduction in its
control of German airspace. There had also been no limitations to the
mission of seven aerial-reconnaissance Tornadoes deployed in Afghanistan.
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