"The seat issue has plagued the Air Force since 2015, one of many of the F-35’s high-tech components that have presented challenges during operations testing. In late 2015, a study showed that pilots under 165 pounds faced an 'elevated' risk of neck injury due to the faulty seats while lighter pilots weighing fewer than 136 pounds encountered 'unacceptable' levels of risk."
More weal and woe for the F-35 as reported by the Russian media outlet Sputnik!
1. "US Air Force May Finally Have Solution for F-35 Pilot Weight Problem"
"Since 2015, the Air Force has prevented pilots weighing less than 165 pounds from flying F-35 jets after tests showed that the ejection seat posed the risk of severe or fatal neck injury. The US Air Force may change that rule in April if new seat and helmet models are deemed safe,"
That male pilot lanky or the female aviator petite in danger of being killed during an ejection!!
2. "F-35 Fail: $400k Helmets Leave Pilots 'Decapitated' During Sharp Take Off"
"The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the most expensive weapons program in US military history, has another problem. Its super-sophisticated $400,000 helmets make the stealth fighter's pilots lose their heads… literally."
SHARP TAKE-OFF AS BEING HURLED DOWN THE DECK OF AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER! THIS IS STRICTLY A NAVAL AVIATION PROBLEM?
This is the specific high-technology VSI helmet as will be worn [and is being worn] by the pilots of the F-35? That visor inadvertently flips up during a "sharp take-off".
The saga of the F-35 continues and will do so probably for the life span of the warplane. That is going to be for decades to come!!