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  • Lockheed starts final assembly on last F-22A

    09/07/2011 9:44:28 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 30 replies
    Flight International ^ | 7 Sept 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    Lockheed Martin has started final assembly on the last F-22A Raptor ordered by the US Air Force, but the delivered fleet remains grounded over concerns about the pilot's breathing system inside the cockpit. Lockheed has mated the fuselage sections of the F-22A with USAF serial number 09-4195. In final assembly, the company's workers in Marietta, Georgia, will instal the wings, tails, landing gear and Pratt & Whitney F119 engines, among other avionics integration and check-out tasks. The last of 195 aircraft ordered by the USAF, including 185 remaining operational airframes, is now scheduled for delivery early in the second quarter...
  • Big-ticket F-22 Raptor jet fighter has never seen battle

    08/14/2011 11:58:36 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 118 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 13th, 2011 | W.J. HENNIGAN
    It's the most expensive fighter jet ever built. Yet the F-22 Raptor has never seen a day of combat, and its future is clouded by a government safety investigation that has grounded the jet for months. The fleet of 158 F-22s, including those in Alaska, has been sidelined since May 3 after more than a dozen incidents in which oxygen was cut off to pilots, making them woozy. The malfunction is suspected of contributing to at least one fatal accident, in Alaska. At an estimated cost of $412 million each, the F-22s amount to about $65 billion sitting on the...
  • Entire U.S. Stealth Fighter Fleet Grounded

    In past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky. But after building more than 170 F-22 Raptors and a handful of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, not a single one is available for service. The Air Force currently has zero flyable stealth fighters. None.
  • Air Force finds multiple toxins in blood of woozy F-22 pilots

    07/28/2011 2:11:28 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 15 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 28th, 2011
    Blood tests on F-22 Raptor fighter pilots after they reported "hypoxia-like symptoms" during flight have turned up chemicals from oil fumes, burned antifreeze and propane. But if the Air Force believes that might be a cause of pilots' symptoms, it's not saying, reports the Air Force Times. Carbon monoxide also is suspect in the incidents, but it leaves the blood quickly. Many of the troubled flights originated at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
  • Anti-Freeze in Pilots' Blood Baffles Air Force

    07/28/2011 7:49:12 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies ^ | 27 July 2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    A few months ago, Air Force leaders noticed some very strange behavior from pilots in the cockpit of F-22 Raptor fighters. Some pilots sounded like they were drunk on the radio; others couldn't even remember how to use the radio during flights. Lab tests revealed not alcohol in the pilots' blood, but a host of toxic chemicals including oil fumes, anti-freeze and even propane. The Air Force grounded the entire stealthy F-22 fleet on May 3rd and launched an investigation. This week, the Air Force Times reports that they're still stumped, which is not the best news for the fantastically...
  • F-22 grounding continues as oxygen safety probe widens

    06/16/2011 9:00:19 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 16 June 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    More than six weeks after the US Air Force indefinitely grounded all Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptors, the scope of the safety investigation has widened beyond the Honeywell-supplied onboard oxygen generating system (OBOGS). Although internally described as the "OBOGS safety investigation", the probe launched after the 3 May safety stand-down of the F-22A fleet is "not limited" to that particular system, Air Combat Command (ACC) said in emailed responses to questions. "We are still working to pinpoint the exact nature of the problem," the ACC said. "It is premature to definitely link the current issues to the OBOGS system." The stand-down...
  • 8th FS ‘Black Sheep’ inactivated

    05/24/2011 3:02:26 PM PDT · by SZonian · 11 replies
    Holloman AFB, 49th Wing Public Affairs ^ | 5/20/2011 | A1C Siuta B. Ika
    Almost two years after its reactivation, the 8th Fighter Squadron held its inactivation ceremony May 13 on the 8th FS trim pad. The 8th FS, which was reactivated in September 2009 after being inactivated April 2008 following the retirement of the F-117 Nighthawk , will once again be placed in inactive status due to the changing of Holloman's flying mission. Since its reactivation, the 8th has done many great things explained Lt. Col. Craig Baker, 8th FS commander. "In less than a year, we boosted, by over 100 percent, the power projection of the 49th Wing's combat capabilities," he said....
  • Lockheed Fort Worth ships last F-22 fuselage

    05/14/2011 5:27:20 AM PDT · by texas booster · 19 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | May 12, 2011 | Bob Cox
    ... Lockheed employees saluted the final Raptor structure they built Thursday with a ceremony on the factory floor. The last mid-body was loaded into its shipping container and closed. Later F-22 team members officially deactivated the Raptor mid-body assembly line and sent the last structure off to Lockheed's Marietta, Ga. facility where the fighter jet’s final assembly takes place. This was the 195th mid-fuselage produced in Fort Worth, including development and production aircraft.
  • USAF Photo of the Day: F-22A Raptors prepare for aerial refueling over the Gulf Coast of Florida

    05/09/2011 10:00:56 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 13 replies ^ | April 2, 2007 | USAF SMSgt. Thomas Meneguin
    Via (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin, United States Air Force  
  • Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concerns

    05/05/2011 8:10:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2011
    Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concerns By the CNN Wire Staff May 6, 2011 -- Updated 0051 GMT (0851 HKT) Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Air Force has grounded its entire F-22 Raptor fleet amidst continuing concern over how the fighter jet provides oxygen to the pilot, according Capt. Jennifer Faerrau, a spokesperson for the Air Force's Air Combat Command. The stand-down order was made Tuesday but is just now becoming public. It's unclear how long the stand down will last. There are about 165 Raptors in the fleet. Since January, the aircraft already had been kept at...
  • A Little More Info on the Raptor and Libya

    04/08/2011 5:04:15 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 8 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 7, 2011 | John Reed
    "Air Force Secretary Michael Donley this week shed a tiny bit more light on the whole mystery surrounding the lack of an appearance by the F-22 Raptor in the skies above Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn, saying the plane would have been used if it was needed. "Donley told a reporter at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Washington that the plane would have flown in Libya if its capabilities were viewed as a requirement for the operation. When pressed for more on what capabilities were needed, he waited a few seconds before saying, 'multirole, maybe?'” Two USAF F-22A Raptors intercept...
  • Did Politics Keep the F-22 Out of Libya?

    04/04/2011 4:13:16 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 4, 2011 | John Reed
    "Former Air Force ISR chief, Lt. Gen. David Deptula, just isn't buying the explanation given by Air Force leaders last week that distance is what kept the F-22 Raptor out of Operation Odyssey Dawn. "Instead, political reasons likely kept the most advanced jet on Earth out of the fight, according to Deptula, an early advocate of using the jet to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya. Basically, the F-22's stealth would have negated much of the official need for coalition help since the jet is almost completely immune to Libya's ancient air defenses..." USAF B-2 Sprit and USAF F-22A Raptors...
  • Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Communications Too Limited, Capabilities Too Advanced for Libya Conflict

    03/23/2011 9:42:39 AM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | March 23, 2011 | Shane McGlaun
    B2 bombers flew without their Raptor escorts The U.S. Air Force is engaged in Libya right now and it is using mostly older aircraft like the F-15E to do the heavy fighting and ground attacks. The B2 stealth bomber was employed though and in many hostile airspace operations the B2 would have been accompanied by the F-22 Raptor, the most capable air superiority fighter in the USAF arsenal. However, in Libyan operations the B2's have apparently flown on a mission without the help from the F-22. Air Force Times reports that the reason the F-22 wasn't sent along with three...
  • U.S. Air Force: F-22 expected to be used in 'early days' of any Libyan no-fly zone

    03/17/2011 3:40:35 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2011 | John T. Bennett
    The Air Force's super-stealthy F-22 Raptor fighters likely would see their first combat action if a no-fly zone is set up by the U.S. and its allies over Libya, a senior defense official said Thursday. Under questioning from Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said it would be his "expectation" that F-22 fighters "would be in use" during "the early days" of a no-fly zone mission.
  • F-22s Could Test Libya's Air Defenses

    03/01/2011 4:49:37 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 32 replies
    Aviation Week | March 1, 2011 | David A. Fulghum
    "If the U.S. decides to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, the effort could be led by F-22s in their first combat assignment." Click here for the full article.
  • F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats

    02/22/2011 8:00:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Warner Robins Patriot ^ | 02/22/2011 | GENE RECTOR
    F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats by GENE RECTOR, Staff Writer The Warner Robins Patriot In a concession some months ago to what’s practical rather than what many preferred, Defense Department officials decided to update the Air Force’s fleet of F-15 Eagle fighters rather than buying additional, new production F-22s. It is a move that shines a bright light on Robins Air Force Base where hundreds of workers daily engage in worldwide sustainment of the nation’s F-15 fleet. Budget constraints – then and especially now – drove the decision. The F-15 upgrade – featuring...
  • .Elusive warbird F-22 Raptor makes its Australian debut

    02/11/2011 4:18:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2/12/2011 | Steve Creedy
    The appearance comes as developments in China have prompted renewed calls to restore production of the top-of-the-line US fighter after it was axed by Defence Secretary Robert Gates in 2009. The decision, which capped F-22 production at 187 aircraft, has been called into question by the public emergence of China's J-20 and a co-operative program between Russia and China to build a similar aircraft. For the moment, however, the single-seat, twin-engine Raptor remains the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter. It boasts stealth technology, speed, agility and long-range capabilities ahead of the Joint Strike Fighter. Australia at one stage considered acquiring...
  • Holloman Airmen provide 5th generation fighter support

    02/07/2011 4:54:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/12/2011 | Senior Airman Sondra Escutia
    Two T-38 Talons were delivered in December here with the help of NASA officials. NASA officials used an Aero Spacelines Super Guppy to deliver the first two of an eventual 15 T-38s that will be regenerated here and flown to operating locations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and Tyndall AFB, Fla. The Super Guppy is a wide-bodied cargo aircraft used in many space programs to transport spacecraft components. "This will keep the T-38 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Program alive for a number of years, and it will allow us to provide these low-cost training assets to help offset the cost of...
  • F-22 for Avalon

    02/06/2011 10:16:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Australian Aviation ^ | 2/7/2011 | Australian Aviation
    The F-22 is expected to star at Avalon. "This is a special aircraft and we have been trying to get it to Avalon for many years," Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said. "It is really exciting that at long last we will be able to host for the Australian public to see for the first time." The F-22 on display at Avalon is expected to come from the Elmendorf,Alaska based F-22 currently deployed to Kadena,Japan. "avalon 2011 will be the largest show we have put on to date, with so many aircraft being exhibited, thatwe have had to extend our aircraft...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Best of the Best

    02/04/2011 8:58:26 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 27 replies ^ | March 3, 2006 | USAF TSgt. Ben Bloker
    U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Smith (Commander, 94th Fighter Squadron) peels away from USAF Major Kevin Dolata (Assistant Director of Operations, 94th Fighter Squadron) during the delivery flight of the first F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets to the 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on March 3, 2006. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, United States Air Force