The case is strong for keeping alive the F136, the second engine for the F-35 strike fighter, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2010. Further, President Obama risks securing a repeal of the Pentagon's "don’t ask-don't tell" policy if he vetoes the Fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill over the engine issue, said Skelton. Here, AF-1 and AF-2, two F-35A test aircraft, sit on the ramp. If the F136 program survives, the General Electric-Rolls Royce-built engine would be able to power any version of the F-35, just as the Pratt & Whitney F135 is designed to do.
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