Home > Middle East, News of the moment > US pilots refuse to fly $143m F-22 Raptor stealth fighter because of ‘lack of oxygen in cockpit’.

US pilots refuse to fly $143m F-22 Raptor stealth fighter because of ‘lack of oxygen in cockpit’.

By Chris Hanlon  May 1st 2012.  Find Full Article Here:-

  • US Military has almost 190 of the craft, classed as the most advanced at the country’s disposal
  • Pilots report dizziness and blackouts while flying
  • Airforce general insists there is no problem and that the fighter strikes fear into hearts’ of America’s enemies

US fighter pilots have asked not to fly the military’s 190 F-22 Raptors because of oxygen problems with the $143million (£88m) stealth fighter, an Air Force leader has revealed.

Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, told reporters that a ‘very small’ number of pilots have asked not to fly the fifth-generation fighter jets or to be reassigned.

‘Obviously it’s a very sensitive thing because we are trying to ensure that the community fully understands all that we’re doing to try to get to a solution,’ Hostage said.

rap

Air attack: Pilots have asked not to the fly the latest F-22 model because of fears of blacking out over lack of oxygen despite it being one of world’s most advanced.

About these ads
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 128 other followers

%d bloggers like this: