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File photo of Lockheed Martin's F35 Joint Strike Fighter F-35B test aircraft BF-2 flying with external weapons

The U.S. Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin's F35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-35B test aircraft BF-2 flies with external weapons for the first time over the Atlantic test range at Patuxent River Naval Air Systems Command in Maryland in a February 22, 2012 file photo. It's called the "death spiral," and America's newest warplane, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is in danger of falling into it before the plane has even gone into service. The U.S. military is in the process of making tough decisions due to mandatory budget from sequestration went into effect March 1 and could lop off $46 billion of Pentagon spending this fiscal year. REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Handout
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