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F-22 crashes at Tyndall, pilot safe
Flight International ^ | 11/15/12 | Stephen Trimble

Posted on 11/15/2012 5:18:05 PM PST by Yo-Yo

The US Air Force confirms that a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor crashed at 15:30 today as it was returning to Tyndall AFB, Florida.

The pilot ejected "safely" from the F-22 and is being evaluated for injuires by base medical staff, the USAF says. Tyndall is an F-22 training base, but the pilot was not a student, the USAF confirms.

The crash occurred about 0.4km (0.22nm) east of the drone runway at Tyndall and near Highway 98, which was closed briefly while hazardous materials units responded.

It is the first F-22 crash since a fatal incident in November 2010 killed Captain Jeff Haney and led to a series of investigations and groundings over glitches and perceived faults in the stealth fighter's oxygen system.

"There is nothing to indicate that it is related to that," the USAF says.

The USAF will convene an accident investigation board to determine the cause of the crash.

Until the Tyndall crash today, the F-22 fleet had completed 21,000 sorties without the loss of an aircraft. The USAF had removed nearly all of the operating restrictions on the F-22 imposed after the November 2010 crash, with the exception of high-altitude flying beyond 40,000ft.

The latest crash reduces the USAF inventory of F-22s to 182 aircraft, with the last serial number delivered from Lockheed earlier this year.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f22
I believe this was one of the early F-22s used for flight training, not the later block of aircraft with the more advanced avionics.

Still tragic a loss of a rare commodity. Prayers of thanks that the pilot is safe.

1 posted on 11/15/2012 5:18:12 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

That is a lot of money that’ll never come back


2 posted on 11/15/2012 5:20:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Yo-Yo

Scumbag in Chief happy this one is gone.
He voted against it and wouldn’t even allow his picture to be taken with one.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 5:20:55 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Yo-Yo

I was watching the local Panama City TV station this afternoon and they showed a video of the crash.

It was taken from a long distance away but you could tell the plane was on fire. It did not drop like a rock but went down slowly.


4 posted on 11/15/2012 5:23:11 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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I found this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAgz9OhMFmo&feature=youtu.be


5 posted on 11/15/2012 5:25:50 PM PST by BipolarBob (The first thirty years of my childhood were less than desirable.)
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To: yarddog

Beautiful Tyndall, spent 4 years there 51-55 in 801’st Med.


6 posted on 11/15/2012 5:26:43 PM PST by BooBoo1000 ( Your life is like a coin, you can spend it on what ever you want, but you can only spend it once.)
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To: GeronL

Greenspan says we can print all we need!!


7 posted on 11/15/2012 5:27:41 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: BipolarBob

Not appropriate or funny.


8 posted on 11/15/2012 5:28:34 PM PST by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: Kakaze

Your disapproval is noted.


9 posted on 11/15/2012 5:31:56 PM PST by BipolarBob (The first thirty years of my childhood were less than desirable.)
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To: BooBoo1000

My Daddy worked at Tyndall just about that same time.

Around 1955 they had a massive lay off and he lost his job. Daddy worked selling vacuum cleaners, Insurance, etc. before he got back on at Eglin.

Daddy hated Eisenhower til his dying day.


10 posted on 11/15/2012 5:32:54 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: GeronL

that’s a lot of airplane that’ll never come back.


11 posted on 11/15/2012 5:51:20 PM PST by RC one (Akin/Mourdock-2016)
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To: Yo-Yo
The F-22 costs $142 million each.

The Federal government spends $6.85 million per minute.

It's gonna take 21 minutes to pay this off!!!!


12 posted on 11/15/2012 5:53:24 PM PST by SkyPilot
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Donate here!

FReepathon is still on. Day 46
If not now, when?



13 posted on 11/15/2012 6:08:34 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: BipolarBob

FWIW I laughed. That was an F/A-18, however.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 6:18:21 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: BipolarBob

LOL. ..Glad the F-22 driver is safe.... and that video was hilarious.


15 posted on 11/15/2012 6:46:18 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: Yo-Yo

What a tragic situation.We have so damn few of these planes in service and if I recall the construction line to build new ones ha been closed.

What is the Air Force going to do to get replacements quick?

This was something I feared when they started chopping to numbers they were originally supposed to build.


16 posted on 11/15/2012 7:50:47 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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What is the Air Force going to do to get replacements quick?

Not to worry, China has started making copies...

17 posted on 11/15/2012 8:49:48 PM PST by Smittie
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