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Pentagon OKs plan to lift F-22 flight restrictions
The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kristina Wong

Posted on 07/24/2012 1:07:17 PM PDT by jazusamo

The Pentagon announced Tuesday changes the Air Force will make to mitigate hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by some pilots flying F-22s, and a phased approach to lifting flight restrictions implemented earlier this year.

To fix the air supply problem and reduce the incidents of hypoxia-like events, the Air Force has made two changes to the aircraft’s cockpit life support system, Defense Press Secretary George Little said.

First, the Air Force will replace a valve in the upper pressure garment vest worn by pilots during high-altitude missions. The valve was causing the vest to inflate, and remain inflated under conditions where it was not designed to do so, thereby causing breathing problems for some pilots, Mr. Little said. The garment has been suspended from flight since June, he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: f22; flightrestrictions; hypoxia; raptor; usaf

1 posted on 07/24/2012 1:07:28 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

So they found a defective part? I read recently that they were spectulating it was due to the short downtime the pilots had between high altitude flights, guess not?


2 posted on 07/24/2012 1:12:38 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: jaydubya2

I remember reading that as well, but I’ve also read articles pointing to the flight suits. I suppose they’re taking the path of least resistance?


3 posted on 07/24/2012 1:14:35 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: jaydubya2; rarestia

This article doesn’t sound like they’re absolutely sure of the cause as yet, at least it doesn’t to me.


4 posted on 07/24/2012 1:19:38 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Again, path of least resistance. If they can get some of the symptoms to abate due to the flight suit changes, it’ll be a big win for them and they can continue to test the resolve of the pilots.


5 posted on 07/24/2012 1:23:29 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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6 posted on 07/24/2012 1:26:33 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

One night at the kitchen table, the adults were discussing this. One of the little ones was drinking from a sippy cup and crimped the straw. She started crying because she couldn’t get her juice. One of the other kids says, “just like the pilots.”

From the mouth of babes.


7 posted on 07/24/2012 1:37:41 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
So true...Kids pick up on a lot of things, especially if it's something they're interested in. :)
8 posted on 07/24/2012 1:44:01 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: rarestia

I’d be happy if it’d just be the “losing consciousness” symptom.


9 posted on 07/24/2012 5:59:25 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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