Lt. General: No retaliation against F-22 whistleblowers
May 9th, 2012
05:24 AM ET

Lt. General: No retaliation against F-22 whistleblowers

By Jason Hanna

The Air Force won't take disciplinary action against pilots who’ve raised concerns about or refused to fly F-22 Raptors because of reports of cockpit oxygen deprivation, an Air Force official told a Senate panel Tuesday, saying they’re covered by a federal whistleblower act.

The whistleblower protection extends to two Virginia Air National Guard pilots who recently talked to CBS’s “60 Minutes” about their refusal to fly the stealth jets, Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee.

“My understanding is that … the chief and the secretary in the Air Force have issued direction that these individuals are protected and that no negative action be taken,” Wolfenbarger told U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts.

The Air Force has been looking into a number of reports that pilots experienced “hypoxia-like symptoms” aboard F-22s since April 2008. Hypoxia is oxygen deficiency.

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  17. str8vision

    As a military retiree I can say, without doubt, these men will be singled out and punished in ways that are subjective and hard to prove as retalitory. Bad assignments, mission selection, promotion and etc. The federal government doesn't like it's dirty little secrets aired in the media especially when outed by those from within.

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    • Navy guy

      Wait, I smell a set up. Just when did Virginia Air Nat Guard get F 22's. I thought they were still getting Cessnas 150's or 172's. Hate to bust up your move boys but you are not going to get the general to order you to fly the F 22. Good try losers. Virginia Nat Guard, ha.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  18. Jannani

    Maybe it´s time to start tazering and waterboarding the pilots until they do as they are told?

    May 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  19. Greg

    Hope those F-22 pilots are going to like their new assignment, flying a predator MQ-1 Drone, that's are giant leap backwards sort of a slap in the face, but NOT a punishment and totally justifiable from higher up. It's also the death knell for a hard charger, rising star in the fighter pilot circle.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  20. michaelfury

    "they’re covered by a federal whistleblower act"

    Like April Gallop was covered?

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