Updated September 30, 2018 9:54:23The United States has installed more than 1,500 rebuilt engines since the F-35 fighter jet was first introduced in 2010, according to a Pentagon document obtained by CBS News.
The Air Force has installed nearly 300 engines since then, and the Navy is now building another 1,000.
The Pentagon is asking the public to help make the next batch of these planes a reality.
The Air Force is asking Americans to submit their feedback on its latest version of the engine selection tool.
The engine selection process has changed from the early days of the F35 program when the Air Force relied on the private sector for engine purchases.
Now the Air Corps will be the one that’s choosing the engines.
It’s a significant milestone, but it’s also a step forward, said Mark Mazzetti, a former Air Force executive who has now run the Engine Selection Team.
The new process is much more open and transparent than it was at the beginning of the program, he said.
As the Air Forces gets its engines online, they’ll have a chance to meet with industry representatives and have a lot more time to complete their selection process.
The public is invited to participate in the Engine Selector online survey.
In the survey, the public will be asked to pick between two different options, either the same or different engines.
The selection process will take between a few days and several weeks.
The public is also encouraged to take part in a live test flight, which could take a few weeks.
Once a selected engine is chosen, the Air Department will have about three months to get it into production.
The next step is for the AirForce to certify the aircraft and make sure it meets the requirements for the next-generation fighters.
In order to make sure the Air Army and Air Force don’t run into problems with a potential problem, the engine will be put on hold until after the Air Air Force and Air Navy certify the planes.