Skip to comments.F-22 Raptors at Langley Grounded After Oxygen Problem
Posted on 10/21/2011 4:43:28 PM PDT by NYFreeper
All F-22 Raptors at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia have been grounded after a pilot experienced loss of oxygen while flying.
Air Force officials are meeting on Friday to determine whether it is necessary to extend the grounding to the rest of the F-22 fleet. The pilot experienced what is known as "hypoxia," and had to return to base.
America's premier fighter jet has experienced similar problems in the past, though it is not clear what is causing the problem. The Air Force last month brought the jets back into service after a grounding months earlier over oxygen issues.
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What imminent threat is America facing that the F-15/F-16/F-18 currently in use can't handle?
Our pilots are not getting the training they need. The Russians are already producing and exporting equivalent aircraft. Most people thought the same way about immediate threats back before August 1990.
Lots of (sometimes unreliable) science and engineering using filtered engine bleed air to generate concentrated O2. Saves weight & volume in the aircraft, liquid oxygen (LOX) equipment and maintenance personnel at the base or aboard ship, and the associated danger. That said, I was an F-14 guy and LOX only...I'll stick with what works.
Were not there yet. Although, the F-35 may very well be the last manned fighter jet.
Here we go again.
OBOGS on the F-16 is no problem.
Yes, but that would just prove that the problem could have been solved with a much smaller and cheaper unmanned aircraft - and the Defense Establishment won't tolerate that becoming known.
Good question. Didn't know that the F-16 had OBOGS, thought it used LOX. Maybe they should use the F-16 system.
We did use LOX forever. Recent, 2 years ago, OBOGS installed. No issues.
Wasn’t Barry just at Langley? He brings a dark cloud with him wherever he goes.
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