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