F-22: beauty meets trouble in midair
DoD Photo of F-22 during midair refueling.
July 1st, 2012
12:01 AM ET

F-22: beauty meets trouble in midair

The F-22 Raptor is one of the DoD's most controversial weapons programs. The modern, stealthy fighter has been criticized for years for costing too much and more recently for so far unsolved problem of pilots suffering from hypoxia-like symptoms on the plane. The problem causes pilots to become dizzy or worse and some blame the problem for one fatal crash.

But for all its problems, the photo above shows it is also a beautiful aircraft. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock snapped this photo of an F-22 as it received fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Atlantic Ocean, July 10, 2012.

Filed under: Air Force • F-22
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. ripperAZ

    Err, Is that a video game he is playing? That color splash looks like Donkey Kong! That would be a tech advance.

    July 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  2. Daistaar

    It's kinda disgusting that 5 sentences ,all opinion, can equate to an article...

    July 26, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  3. Jose Jusino

    I had the privlege of working on the F22 for over 6 years....It is the most amazing Aircraft i have ever seen and am very proud to have worked with that fighter...Anyone stupid enough to challenge one will find out how bad ass that Aircraft is.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • SayWhaaa!!!

      The aircraft costs like 140 mils each yeah we're stupid.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  4. flopflipper

    No point to manned fighter jets anymore. We have the tech to build far less expensive unmanned jets that don't put a pilot at risk.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:22 am | Reply
  5. JimG

    No one seems to realize we replaced two expensive airplanes with the F-22...the F-117 and the F-15C. And looks like the USAF has finally gotten a handle on their hypoxia problem (lack of air flow/charcoal filter).

    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  6. jdoh

    the boeing f/a xx will be the greatest all around combat aircraft !

    July 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  7. Whybs on twitter

    Once we fix these issues, F-22 will be the finest fighter we have built since the F-16.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:06 am | Reply
  8. KEVIN

    Every man's dream – to fly a fighter jet. That pilot is one lucky guy

    July 20, 2012 at 2:49 am | Reply

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