Refrigerator magnet downs F-35

Well, almost.…

The Pentagon says it’s temporarily stopping deliveries of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 aircraft after learning from the manufacturer an alloy made in China was in a component of the stealth fighter jet, violating federal defense acquisition rules.

The Pentagon said a magnet containing the alloy used in part of the integrated power package posed no security issue.
“We have confirmed that the magnet does not transmit information or harm the integrity of the aircraft and there are no performance, quality, safety, or security risks associated with this issue and flight operations for the F-35 in-service fleet will continue as normal,” Defense Department spokesperson Russ Goemaere said.

The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin has already found an alternative source of the alloy for future deliveries. (My guess is they found them in a souvenir shop in Mumbai)