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Lockheed F-35 won't debut at UK air show: Pentagon

A worker checks the landing gear of a model of a F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet, produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., as it stands on display prior to the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., July 13, 2014.
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A worker checks the landing gear of a model of a F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet, produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., as it stands on display prior to the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., July 13, 2014.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had decided not to send Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets to a UK air show amid mechanical problems with the world's most expensive weapons project.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters the Pentagon had made the decision, which means the jet will not debut before potential buyers at the Farnborough air show this week, despite an announcement earlier in the day that limited flights had been approved for the fighter jet.

Read MoreF-35 Farnborough debut halted after engine fire

The F-35 was grounded after the massive failure of the Pratt & Whitney engine on a U.S. Air Force F-35 plane at a Florida air base on June 23.

— By Reuters

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