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Farnborough Air Show takes off without grounded F-35

David Cameron attended the opening day but fighter jet is still grounded after runway fire

 

Prime Minister David Cameron was among the visitors to the first day of the 2014 Farnborough Air Show.

Trade days of this year's event at Farnborough Airport got under way on Monday with a number of exhibits flying in, including Airbus's A380, A350 and A320, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as well as a fly-by from the Red Arrows.

 

However, there was no appearance from the F-35B Lightning II which is still grounded by the US Department of Defense following last month's runway fire in Florida.

Air show organisers, Farnborough International Limited, confirmed the fighter would miss day one of the show but are still hopeful it will appear later in the week.

A spokesman for Farnborough International Ltd said: "Everyone involved in the project is working towards a positive result for attendance at the air show this week, and we fully support the stance to never compromise safety of either pilots or show participants and we thank them all for their continued hard work."

A spokesman for the US Pentagon said the blaze was caused by excessive rubbing between the turbine blades and engine cover cowling.

Mr Cameron had been due to see the new fighter on Monday and added: "Obviously it will be disappointing if it is unable to come to the show.

"But it's a highly-complex plane and I am very confident it will be fine and will help Britain's safety for the next 50 years."

Last week organisers said they were still confident the aircraft will attend the show.

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