F-22 crashes in Florida
DoD photo of an F-22 cockpit during midair refueling
November 15th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

F-22 crashes in Florida

By Larry Shaughnessy

(CNN)  - An F-22 fighter jet crashed Thursday afternoon near Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle. The pilot ejected safely, according to Lt. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force.

Tyndall AFB is a training base for F-22 pilots. There's no confirmation that the plane took off from Tyndall before the crash, but that would be logical, Dorrian said.

The F-22 has been the focus of years of investigations about a problem that causes some of the stealth fighter's pilots to become dizzy or black out. The exact cause of the problem still hasn't been identified.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office put the cost per F-22 (including research and development) at $412 million.

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  1. Mke

    propose a new law. Anyone posting more than one "ha" is publicly executed at a hometown near you.

    December 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  2. Frustrated taxpayer

    Did Lockheed team up with FORD to build these jets ?

    December 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  3. @One Percent

    Dang dude, why all the hate? Oh I know, still mad at the outcome of the election? Don't worry, the "47%" the didn't matter showed up to vote. Toodles. :)

    November 27, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
  4. One Percent

    Too bad he couldn't have taken out a trailer park or two. Better still, crash it into Miami and take out the greasers and Jews.

    November 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  5. Kevin

    I see you can't resist being stupid Jannani.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  6. JZG

    And then there were 182 raptors... is it just me or do we seem to crash all our stealth?

    November 17, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
  7. Ken

    Exact cause stems from usury, which overworks the people, forcing dangerous shortcuts, fraud, waste, loss of life, extortion and many other evils.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  8. Jack D

    Larry, to say that when an accident occurs that the same unit investigates it is completely asinine. You obviously are uninformed and assuming because I guarantee that you can't back that up. The USAF makes it a point to bring in outside personnel exactly for the reason you stated above. Do some research before you start making blind accusations.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
  9. Hahahahahahahahhaha

    And in further news........The Iranians report they have successfully downed an F-22 on US soil!!!! Hahahahahahahah

    November 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
  10. SayanIndia

    Thinking differently,

    to preserve stealth characteristics to optimum there has been no development of two-seater F-22s, thus no “operational conversion platforms”.

    Did it affect the training standards? F-22s have been prohibit ably expensive platforms to lose.

    Sayan.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
  11. larry5

    The real cause of the problem might be a security problem. If there was an organization like the NTSB that would investigate military accidents like the NTSB does with civilian accidents it would save taxpayers a lot of money. Military investigations get mired in issues of CYA and other problems that have little to do with the actual cause of the accident. Often times the organization being investigated is the very same organization that's doing the actual investigation. There's another problem here. The number of flight hours needed for a pilot to maintain proficiency is being restricted because of cutbacks. This saves on operational expenses but becomes more expensive when a crash occurs. The only good news, so far is that the pilot is save.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • Jannani

      But $412 million just wasted.

      November 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Well said, Jannani. Now we see where our tax money goes!!!

        November 16, 2012 at 8:04 am |
      • cmmrc

        not wasted! created many, many high pay jobs.

        November 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  12. Jannani

    ha ha ha ... ha ha ha

    November 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply

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