by ROBERT BECKHUSEN America’s newest stealth fighters have a major problem: their pilots can’t breathe, due to some sort of malfunction in the planes’ oxygen-generation systems. For months, the Air Force has been studying the problem, which temporarily grounded the entire fleet of F-22 Raptors and may have contributed to a pilot’s death. Today, the [...]
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When an F-22 Raptor malfunctioned in mid-flight, leading to a crash that killed its pilot, the Air Force went into damage-control mode. Gen. Norton Schwartz, the chief of staff, insisted there was no way that the oxygen generator on his prized stealth jet — a system widely suspected of being dangerously flawed — caused the crash. And even now that an internal inquiry seems to contradict Schwartz, the Air Force is still blaming Capt. Jeffrey Haney for the crash that cost Haney his life.
The 196th and final F-22 Raptor has rolled out of Lockheed Martin’s factory in Marietta, Georgia. That means yesterday marked an end to more than 14 years of production for what’s widely considered the most fearsome jet fighter in history. And also one of the costliest.
The Air Force is giving Lockheed Martin another $24 million to, among other things, figure out why the roughly 170 Raptor stealth fighters it built have apparently been asphyxiating their pilots.
The U.S. Air Force’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft have been hobbled by unresolved problems with their oxygen systems, potentially undermining American efforts to balance a rapidly modernizing Chinese air force.
Orders grounding the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter spread from Virginia to Alaska this weekend, briefly sidelining up to half of the roughly 170 Raptors. It’s becoming clearer by the day that the problems vexing America’s premier stealth fighter are neither minor nor temporary.
F-22 Raptor stealth fighters at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia have been grounded after a pilot experienced oxygen loss in mid-flight. It’s the second stand-down this year for the U.S. military’s most sophisticated dogfighter, and a foreboding sign for the Pentagon as it struggles to modernize its aerial armada.
Guess Who’s Flying Again
F-22s are back in the air following a four-month grounding. Background here.
Danger Room: Air Force Sends Grounded Stealth Fighters Back into Action … Without Fixing Them
Four months after grounding its entire force of F-22 Raptors, the Air Force has cleared the roughly 170 high-tech stealth fighters to resume flying.
In past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky.
Despite uncertainties regarding the current generation of advanced fighter aircraft, the U.S. Air Force is proceeding with the development of the next generation, slated to enter service sometime after 2030.
Every year around 400 people die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S., often resulting from cars left running in closed garages. Now we can possibly add one U.S. Air Force stealth fighter pilot to the list of garage fatalities.