June 15th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Oxygen problems far more likely in F-22 than other fighter jets

By Adam Levine

Pilots flying the F-22 Raptor reported illness from oxygen deprivation incidents 10 times as often as pilots of other fighter jets, according to Air Force data.

The F-22 has been the focus of an Air Force inquiry because of the oxygen problems.

The new data, released by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, shows Raptor pilots have reported 26.43 hypoxia and hypoxia-like incidents per 100,000 flight hours. While that represents a mere fraction of total flight hours, it is far higher than incidents from other Air Force aircraft, including the A-10, the F-15E and the F-16.

Kinzinger, a military pilot himself, said that while low, the numbers are extremely concerning. Kinzinger and Warner have been vocal in pressing the Air Force to investigate the concerns after two pilots came forward about the problem on CBS's "60 Minutes."The problem puts pilots in "a vulnerable situation, because potentially, you have a pilot who at the beginning stages of hypoxia-like symptoms, really can't, you know, think things through, has a hard time making those judgment calls," Kinzinger told CNN's Soledad O'Brien in an interview on the CNN morning show "Starting Point."

"You really do lose your cognitive ability," he said. "So - well, you do this to recognize your symptoms. Everybody has different symptoms. For me, actually, I start finding everything pretty funny. But then you have a hard time."

The Air Force continues to investigate the hypoxia problem.  Investigators are looking at whether a compression vest worn as part of the flight suit contributes to the problem, CNN's Mike Mount reported Wednesday.  Investigators are focusing on a part of the suit called the Combat Edge, which can hamper breathing and cause oxygen loss when combined with a physiological condition that collapses air sacs in the lungs, according to details of the report that were shared with CNN Security Clearance.

Combat Edge is a vest-like garment that expands and contracts on a pilot's torso to fight the effects of severe G-forces experienced while flying the F-22.  What is being looked at is whether the garment may restrict the pilots' breathing beyond what is intended, according to sources familiar with the report.

"In many cases, those vests were actually failing in high-G scenarios," Kinzinger said Friday. "So, at this point, it seems like the most likely place to pursue."

But the problem has proven vexing, especially since there have been incidents of mechanics on the ground having the same symptoms, and some pilots also experiencing hypoxia at lower altitudes.

"The Air Force has explained that these maintainers, you know, had symptoms, but they actually weren't related," Kinzinger said.  "I think it's very important that we take a deep look in that, because if they are related, then the high pressure, the upper vest suit, isn't the issue.  And I think the other big issue, too, is maintainers and pilots have to feel comfortable to come forward and talk about their concerns."

The fleet was grounded in May 2011 so the service could check the hypoxia reports, but the order was lifted in September under a "return to fly" plan, with equipment modifications and new rules including daily inspections of the life-support systems.

Investigators initially pointed to an onboard oxygen-generating system that feeds pilots' air supply as a possible cause.

Lockheed Martin, the maker of the jet, was given a $19 million contract to install a backup oxygen system in the F-22 last week.

Last month, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta mandated that all F-22 flights "remain within the proximity of potential landing locations" to ensure the ability to recover and land should a pilot run into "unanticipated physiological conditions."

Filed under: Air Force • Congress • F-22 • Military • Warner
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  9. NN

    Oxygen is supplied by the Onboard Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) which is a very mature technology, having been in use for around 30 years or more. The only real unknown here is the selectivity of the oxygen partial pressure (PPO2) sensors in the presence of possibly new and untested contaminants in the incoming air stream. Clearly, something must be causing the PPO2 sensor to read high thereby causing it throttle back the true PPO2 delivered to the pilot for some undetermined time until it eventually clears. A contaminant could also cause the PPO2 sensors to read low causing the OBOGS to increase the true delivered PPO2 to dangerously high levels. This will be a very difficult problem to track down because it will be nearly impossible to duplicate on the ground or in a laboratory setting. The most straightforward approach would be to instrument the OBOGS with data recording of all the operating parameters, especially the PPO2 sensor readings, and let a test plot take the aircraft through its paces attempting to duplicate the maneuvers of known incidents of malfunction.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
  10. IHateLies

    The question that I don't see being asked is: Will the F-35 exhibit the same issue?

    June 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  11. parvanehpublishing

    Wouldn't they just be up to no good even if the planes worked? ... http://iranianfacebook.com/2012/05/30/us-government-admits-that-uses-words-like-democracy-to-undermine-the-free-will-of-sovereign-nations/

    June 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  12. Steve

    Soon, there will be a "war" and nobody will show up to fight but the USA.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Hey

      Milo Minderbinder contracted with the Germans to bomb his own airfield.

      It was a lot more efficient for all concerned that way.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  13. gman21

    I think they are using Chinese made sheet rock for the plane body 🙂

    June 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  14. southside mike

    how much iss this costing taxpayers? Should be zero as we payed for a plane that was susposed to work!

    June 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Subsafe

      Defense contracts don't work like that. From first hand experience I can tell you the US Navy paid a civilian shipyard to provide "security forces" to a boat. These "security forces" were required by the ship yard to supplement ship's force security which was not allowed to stand down due to our own requirements. The "security forces" turned out to be rent-a-cops who would spend there "watch" wandering around the boat attempting to get cell service or sleeping in the ship yard provided chairs. As the ship's duty officer I would wake these guys up whenever I passed by and they had dozed off and one day one told me to "call his supervisor" prior to leaning back against his jacket he was using as a pillow. I called his boss who told me I was "not to touch or disturb his people". This turned into a huge fiasco that ended with the shipyard announcing that the contract was terminated at the fault of the ship because we didn't abide by the rules in the contract (by waking up their security guards).

      June 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • r gary

      hahaha. Building a new airplane is not like buying a Toyota.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • Yes it is!

        You take that back!

        June 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  15. Yes1fan

    I would like to know who the Brainiac is that decided it is a good idea to pull O2 from the engine exhaust, and pipe it into the pilot?

    June 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • r gary

      That is typically how its done. Its not actually the exhaust though. Having to carry big O2 tanks would add weight and reduce range.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Humanist11

      Every passenger airliner uses the hot air generated by the engines, compresses it, sends it through the air conditioning system to cool it off and then releases it to the cabin so the passengers and crew can breathe. This is a tried and true practice in the industry for many decades. Fighter aircraft are not exactly the same, but it does seem that they should be able to figure this out. Maybe it is not the oxygen system at all????

      June 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • How it works.

      They don't pull it from the exhaust turbines, they pull it from the compressor stages that are compressing good old air.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • No

      That's how it's done on commercial airliners to pressure the cabins. Military aircraft carry pure oxygen in liquid form in green bottles about the size of a BBQ propane bottle, and let it exaporate to a gas and feed it into the pilot's oxygen system.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        No-No, that's not how it's done on this plane. High pressure air is applied to a special membrane that more readily allows oxygen molecules to penetrate than it does nitrogen molecules. The percentage of molecules that penetrate determines the O2 content of the resulting outgoing O2/N2 mix, and it will be higher than the O2 content of the air that was applied to the membrane. A needle valve allows bypass mixture to flow away from the membrane carrying away the excess N2 for discharge. Basically the membrane acts to enrich the O2 content of normal air. Honeywell provides this device and my bet is that's where the problem lies.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
      • Tim W.

        Thats the way it used to be done but sounds like the F22 is different.....LOX bottles worked great !!!!!!!!!!!!

        June 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
      • No

        Thanks for the correction and info, Tom. I'll bet you you're right.

        June 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • Cheese Wonton

        LOX bottles were scary dangerous. Ever seen one blow? Pretty much every air force that uses LOX bottles wants a differnt system. OBOGS is such a system. It's used in the most recent F/A-18's, Eurofighter Typhoons and some examples of the C-130J in foreign service.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:46 am |
  16. Greenspam

    The amount USA is still spending on defense is ridiculous.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Humanist11

      According to a podcast I listened to a few months back, the US spends the same amount on defense as the next highest countries combined. Why? The countries that were stated were England, France, China, Russia and three others that I can't remember. I want a strong defense, but come on.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • Coflyboy

        We need those superior aircraft in case the US is attacked by aliens.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • TJ

        check your data

        June 18, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • humanbean

      He who has the most toys rules the world.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
      • Wait

        Hasbro rules the world?

        I thought David Rockefeller did.

        June 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • martin

        if that was true, the soviet union would be ruling the world right now

        June 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  17. Oscar Pitchfork

    I still fail to understand why it's so impossible for them to install a sampler/monitor inline with the O2 system ahead of the pilots mask so they can FIND OUT what's affecting the pilot. Man this can't be that complicated to engineer.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Lagos

      Or they could have already tried that and this crappy article meant for the masses, not for engineers neglected to mention that. People that build and fly these things aren't idiots.

      June 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • TJ

        Lagos – perfect but most still wont get it

        June 18, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  18. JC

    F-22 is a wonder on paper, but what was wrong with the F-15 that has never, never lost a dog fight. We spend huge amounts of US cash to replace aircraft that has never lost a fight.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • TallinOK

      I totally agree. As a taxpayer and former Air Force officer, I think this policy of spending money to buy airplanes just to keep Boeing and Northrup-Grumman in business is ridiculous.

      We have outstanding planes in the inventory that can do the job far better than some of the aircraft under development.

      Besides, the way of the future is drone aircraft.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • Coflyboy

        We are Americans. Using Common Sense is not fostered in our school systems. This is only one of many many results.
        If we cut more money out of our education budgets and push it towards more military to make up for the lack of even more superior fighters....

        June 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Al

      You're right, unless we fight Russia, China, one of our current military allies, or ourselves, all the air forces that we will most likely face are flying run down aircraft with poorly trained crews that are integrated, poorly and if at all, into a weak defense system. All of our most recent kills (80s and beyond and minus those against Serbia) have been against poorly trained and somewhat poorly trained Arab Air Forces.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • Garth

        Despite what others may claim, the F-22 is needed. The number of countries flying variants of the Sukoi Flanker series of planes is growing by the day. This plane is a very worthy adversary of the F-15. Not to mention, The Mig-29 is a far cry from the planes that were shot down over Iraq and Serbia. All of the planes can now be had with AESA Radar, thrust vectoring and forward canards. Air Superiority cannot be guaranteed by the F-15 anymore. To add to this, China and Russia are both developing fifth generation fighters that copy heavily off of the F-22. I think the F-22 is still the superior plane. However these planes would cause serious problems for our F-15's, F-16's and F-18's. During Red Flag exercices, the F-22 is posting kill ratios of somwhere around 80-1. That's 80 bad guys dead to one good guy. That doesn't bode well for our legacy fighters against any Russian or Chinese fifth gen fighters. Yes Russia and China may be the only countries with them now however people would be foolish to think they won't try to export them. They will. Look at Russias willingnes to export gunships to Syria despite an almost unanimous international condemnation. The F-22 is going through some growing pains for sure. That doesn't mean we don't need it. The F-35? I think that is another story.

        June 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Al

      But, all because the F-15 has never lost in air to air combat, as far as we know, that doesn't mean we don't need to replace it. Like I just said, all its kills have been against poorly trained and generally not very capable enemies. If we want to remain on top, we have to be able to counter the newest threats from our most capable potential opponents.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
      • southside mike

        what enemies exactly are we fighting, Al Queda has no air force, USSR is gone,

        June 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • Subsafe

        this is in response to southside mike,
        Just because the USSR disbanded, that does not mean that we are all cool with Russia.

        June 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
      • Coflyboy

        Southside Mike– How else would we repel an Alien attack?

        June 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Subsafe

      I agree that the F-15 and F-16 are capable platforms for today's aerial combat, however the driving force behind developing new platforms is the age and potential fatigue failure of the older planes. The real solution should be in opening new production runs of older platforms. This will save the $ in the research and development department which is what is really killing the DOD budgets while maintaining viable and functional war-ready assets.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • chaz

      The F22 can take on 6 F15's Remember they are stealth

      June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
      • Subsafe

        It is untrue that one F-22 could take on 6 F-15s. Even though the F-22 has a low radar cross section (often spoken as "stealth"), it is still able to be detected. Also, the combat and weapons systems are what really determines a vehicles ability to engage multiple targets. F-15s upgraded with modern targeting systems and equipped with the same Air-to-Air weaponry carried by the F-22 allows them to fight on a near equal plain. If you start putting the numbers advantage in the F-15's favor and you will soon see the battlefield is not easily won. I would put 2 F-15s on par with 1 F-22. Sure you can throw the F-22 a wing-man and that scenario may buy them a 5-2 ratio, but not much more. On the flip side, put the number of F-15s you could buy for $300M (that would be ~10) against the number of F-22s you could buy for the same price (that would be 2) and the F-15s will wipe the floor with the "stealth" fighters.

        June 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
      • Al

        Subsafe, I don't know what the costs are to operate an F-15 vs an F-22, but in terms of operational costs I'd imagine 10 F-15s would be more expensive in the long run compared to 2 F-22s when you consider the cost of paying and training aircrews, maintenance crews, contracting costs, parts, etc. Every aircraft has growing pains, cost overruns etc. It's just some programs get a lot more public scrutiny than others. The F-18 ended up eating up a bunch of money since it was an OSD program being forced on the Navy and ended up costing a lot more money to develop and procure than its backers said it would (read the book "Pentagon Paradox"). AV-8, AH-64, V-22 and even the the F-15 when it had the F100 engines. Sometimes money for certain programs gets little scrutiny, and sometimes it gets a lot. Seems there are a lot of people against the F-22.

        June 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
      • Garth

        Research F-22 kill ratios @ Red Flag. For those who do not know what Red Flag is, it is a mock engagement conducted in Nevada and Alaska multiple times a year. It includes aircraft from every spectrum of the US military as well as our allies from across the globe. It is the closest thing to a real air war as possible. The F-22 cuts through every adversary like a minigun through a flock of geese. Its kill ratios are unheard of.

        June 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
      • IHateLies

        One thing to note is that the F15 is a multi capable fighter. It can be loaded for whatever operational missions. It has ground and air superiority capabilities, and can be loaded for both. The F22 is meant as an air superiority fighter.

        The F22 is more targeted at replacing the F16s than the F15.

        The F35 is supposed to be the be all replacement of all fighters.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Garth

        The F-16 is a light multi-role fighter. The F-15 C and D are air superiority fighters. The F-15E is multi-role. Look at the first Gulf War where the F-15 had almost every single air to air kill. The F-15 is undefeated in aerial combat. Not so for the F-16. (although they weren't American F-16s that lost) That said, the F-15 has never faced any Sukhoi Flankers in combat. Look up info on mock engagements between US F-15s and Indian AF Flankers. Also look at war games between the Israelis and the USAF. Then you'll see why the F-22 is needed.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • My

      F-22 can beat up your F-15.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • IHateLies

        Might want to do a little research into what each of the planes are capable of doing before assuming that reduced radar signature is all there is to air combat.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Edward

      When has the F-15 ever been in a real fight.... Iraq please, those Iraqi pilots wouldn't fly, becasue they knew they wouldn't last but a few minuets... The problem with the F-15 is that the aircraft are old, the airframes can only be upgraded so much... the F-22 is a wonder and the best damn fighter in the sky, every aircraft has it's quirks and kinks, the F22 is no different... the Air Force and Lockheed will correct the problem. As for the comment that the US defense spending is ridiculous... you are obviously not deployed or even in the military.... we lack the equipment to do our jobs... becasue people like you whine about the cost... if you don't like the freedom we and I say we provide, as I am active duty... then you are more then welcome to move to oh say Iran... so if you don't know why we spend the money on defense or how importnant defense is, refrain from trying to act like the subject matter expert.

      June 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • sawolf

      The 15 is a 40 year old airship, it doesn't have the ability to obtain air supremacy against 5th generation fighters. The 22 shot down 6, 15's without being detected.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  19. Brian

    We need the F-22 – to provide cash-flow to the military industrial complex.

    June 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  20. dreamer96

    Dizzy out of breath Pilots and ground crew...well I understand the pilots out of breath and dizzy,,but the ground crew?

    But in reality... the ground crew, that appear to be just standing on a planet,..are standing on a planet that is spinning, and depending where on the northern hemisphere the ground crew is standing, they are traveling around on the surface of the Earth at 700 mph, to 900 mph..If they are at the equator, they are traveling at 1,037 mph...And that is not all, our planet is traveling around the sun at a mere 67,062 miles per hour...And our solar system is orbiting the center of the milky way galaxy at 515,000 mph.....And the Milky Way Galaxy is traveling at.....

    It is a wonder, any of us can standup...We should all be out of breath and dizzy...

    June 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Relative

      And the Milky Way Galaxy is traveling at.....

      27.23 million miles per hour relative to the luminiferous ether, God's spatial absolute zero. Einstein was just making stuff up, Michelson and Morley detected relative motion after all, but Albert paid them off under the table with his Nobel money.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  21. CJ Topspin

    Exhaust issues...

    June 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • US citizen

      So – what was the news?
      So far all CNN said is not – it was news 6 months ago.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
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  23. The King

    Fortunately, most of these monuments to the massive fraud, waste, and abuse of the military industrial complex welfare fund, are hardware broke on the ground and therefore unable to deprive anyone of oxygen.
    Scare the obtuse, emotionally fragile citizenry with an imaginary boogy man, then steal their money to protect them from it. USAUSAUSA!!

    June 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  24. Portland tony

    With the possible exception of half a dozen thoughtful posts, I have never read so much crap by so many who know nothing about aircraft and their procurement. Most of you guys couldn't put air in a tire. Is this a parent teacher conference day?

    June 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Freedom

      Shame on you. It is almost flag day!

      June 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • All tires

      I know of HAVE air in them already!

      Oh, wait, you mean above 0 psig.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Johnny

      What kind of plane is it?

      Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        And don't call me Shirley.

        June 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • NN

      "... so many who know nothing about aircraft and their procurement. Most of you guys couldn't put air in a tire."- You must be talking about DoD acquisition careerists, because those descriptors fit them to a tee.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • Sorry

      to ruin your day, Tony. You must have stumbled onto this page enroute to Aviation Week.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • alan s

      Tony: You have to admit, so far, each and every reply to your comment has been pretty funny.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • So

      The half a dozen thoughtful posts have read MORE crap than you?

      June 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Procurement

      Now there's something I DO know something about!

      Oh, wait, I think you mean airplanes.

      Never mind.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  25. chris

    xf23 was the better plane, but it was ugly.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      They look almost identical dude.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • chris

        google search, they look nothing alike.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • You sure

      you aren't thinking of the Boeing X-32?

      Now THERE was one butt-ugly aircraft.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • chris

        nope, the xf23.... experimental, fighter, number 23......

        a butt ugly plane built to compete for the f22 contract. was superior in all aspects.

        but lost because the pilots thought it was ugly.

        June 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • rp1588

        The F-23 didn't lose to the F-22 because it was ugly. It lost because it was it was a more advanced design, so it would be more expensive to develop and manufacture, compounded by the inevitable delays in schedule.

        June 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • US citizen

      We dont need ugly planes. F-22 is cute – who cares about oxygen. Hope they have CD player.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • 8 Track


        June 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • MrBo

      It was the YF-23, and yes, it was much better than the YF-22.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • JJC

      the xf32 wasn't ugly, it looked like a friendly cartoon shark! The enemy would have been all "well Hi there friendly cartoon shark!" and then BAM they would have been dead.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • yeah

      Your confusing everyone cause it was called the yf-23.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  26. D. Evil

    Thats alot of money to spend when children are doing without.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      Children, whether doing well or doing without, are NOT a responsibility of the Federal Government. Neither are they the responsibility of any State government. They are the responsibility of the people who decide to engage in activity that may in fact result in the creation of a life they are in no position to sustain.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  27. peterweicker

    Every major program has teething problems that don't fit into the schedule. If everything works right away then nothing significant was developed. The F-22 is probably the most complex fighter design in history, so something like this is inevitable. Your real problem is an inefficient and overpriced procurement system that leaves you with a fraction of the resources that your money ought to buy.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • In general

      I agree with you, although oxygen systems, and aniti-G suits are mature technologies that shouldn't have to be re-invented, and thus should be fairly reliable.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  28. cyg

    I think they should test fly over Cheney's house.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Pilotmania

      That man is a cat. He has 9 lives!

      June 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  29. Peacefulguy

    I think the problm is that these plains just fly too fast. Man was not mean to fly this fast!!! Of course they would suffer from hytoxia – they are flying high, fast, and then the vests are straglin them. Remember that its usually the most obvious reasons why things happen.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • null

      There were planes that flew much higher and faster than the F-22 and without issue like the SR-71...

      June 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Herby Sagues

      The SR-71 flew almost twice as high and twice as fast, no hypoxia whatsoever. And since our DNA most likely evolved from organic matter deposited on this planet by coments (it's a very serious theory and one of the best supported on the beginnings of life on earth) I would say we are definitely meant to fly high and fast.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Dizzy out of breath Pilots and ground crew...well I understand the pilots out of breath and dizzy,,but the ground crew?

      But in reality... the ground crew, that appear to be just standing on a planet,..are standing on a planet that is spinning, and depending where on the northern hemisphere the ground crew is standing, they are traveling around on the surface of the Earth at 700 mph, to 900 mph..If they are at the equator, they are traveling at 1,037 mph...And that is not all, our planet is traveling around the sun at a mere 67,062 miles per hour...And our solar system is orbiting the center of the milky way galaxy at 515,000 mph.....And the Milky Way Galaxy is traveling at.....

      It is a wonder, any of us can standup...We should all be out of breath and dizzy...

      June 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      While many planes fly higher and faster such as the SR-71, those were not fighter type aircraft and did not subject the pilots to extreme G loads that the F-22 does. Seems like someone tried to reinvent the wheel and screwed the pooch!! Surely some group like NASA would have a solution for this!!

      June 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  30. dreamer96

    These pilots and ground crew are showing the same symptoms as kids that sniff glue in a paper bag...hmmm

    June 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  31. C

    Greed is good.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  32. just wondering

    Paid $20 mil to fix there problem!!!!!!!! should have been obligated to fix it with out cost.............. PAID TO B.S.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  33. jferg

    While it would make a good movie, i highly doubt this is computer-virus related. as far as i can tell, the US and israel are the only states with the capacity to create something as slick as stuxnet. maybe china or russia, but i really dont see why they would target our actually fighting forces. china would target economic data and russia would go for an espionage breach. so that leaves, what, Iran, Pakistan, N. Korea? unlikely. besides. as a country that engages in cyberwarfare, i suspect it has already been considered a possibility by the military and checked for.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Pilotmania

      you are very close, my friend. China is going to be our new Treasury Dept. (already are behind the scenes)

      June 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  34. Pilotmania

    China is eventually going to want their money back with interest and then what? Our government will make a secret deal with them and give away most of our secrets but not before the officials are in underground bunkers or in Canada somewhere.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • Pilotmania

      Sorry. Did I scare everyone? And it's the weekend. Sorry. But you all need to know that CHINA is the one. You cant trust them tricky people. have a nice weekend and watch CNN

      June 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • We'll

      just surrender the F-22's and F-35's and the quote cliches about blood, stones, and turnips.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Jim in PA


      June 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
      • GhostCoyote

        High five Jim. You're my hero!

        June 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  35. A

    I'm convinced that 99% of you reading and commenting on this story are certifiably insane.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • And, I

      have the "certificate of authenticity" to prove it. History Channel, Saturday mornings. But, act now, this offer is strictly limited to the number we can possibly suck..., er sell in the next five years.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • 300Cooper

      Or just suffering from hypoxia..

      June 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • Pilotmania

      I agree

      June 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Bobby


      June 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • B


      June 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • C

      Greed is real good

      June 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • D

      Greedance Clearwater Revival

      June 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • E

      Sumbuddy Stop Me!

      June 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • F

        File an appeal.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  36. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I admire the intelligent comments made by those who can read and the ability of those who can read not to respond to those that clearly can't read or don't have the ability to interpret what they read.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Argenne

      Claudia, I admire the fact that you admire that fact.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Freedom


      You mixed your words up?? What are you trying to say? What is your Degree in?

      June 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Abbot

      Who's the man on second base?

      No, Who's the man on first base.

      I don't know.

      Third base!

      June 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  37. Pilotmania

    The bible says an Army of 200,000 men will take over America. Think about the numbers. Who has an Army of such numbers? CHINA

    June 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Satans Balls Sack

      Of 200,000...Poland has a army larger then that.....

      June 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
      • Pilotmania

        No. Most of their Army are 18 year old conscripts who use our recycled weapons. CHINA

        June 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • asdf

      lol. nice.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • will g

      Moron. one missle can kill more than that. derp

      June 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • No

      The Bible says an army of one hundred million will pour out of the north to invade Israel.

      Who has an army of THAT size?

      Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

      June 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
      • Satans Balls Sack

        India has an army of that size

        June 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • Pilotmania

        Yeh, forgive me. CHINA still

        June 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • India has

        city blocks with more people.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • r0n77

      errr, lots of countries? There are at least 50 with that many troops.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • Freedom

        From the North he said! You dont get it man. Dont be an outsider.

        June 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Mike

      Wait. What? The -bible- says an army will take over america? Which version are you reading? I don't seem to remember america being mentioned anywhere – except maybe in the Book of Mormon.

      Or, as we say elsewhere . . . [citation needed]

      June 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
      • Oh, hell,

        where you been lately, Mike?

        Clever exegites can torture an interpretation out of the Bible to support any damn conclusion they wish.

        Monkeys ferting cheese popcorn on the moon? Hey, it's right there in Revelation!

        June 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • Joshua

        The Bible discusses the Bear, (Russia, France, China?) and the Lion, Long thought to be the United Kindom and the Lion Cub, long thought to be the US. But no where does it mention the United States

        June 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
      • Freedom

        Doesn't mention US because we will be blown off the earth. PREPPERS ROCK!

        June 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Christina

      Why would China want to take over the US? We're now a declining nation and just a big market for their exports (until we totally tank). China also owns trillions in US government debt....so they want to be able to get that back someday (good luck with that!). So stop trying to make China a scapegoat for your anger, and see that they have the most economic growth of any major county in the entire world...and we're just a big consumer-loser one on it's final slide.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • Freedom

        They need land for all their people and we will be enslaved to them. Inside job. Get it? Dont fight it!

        June 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • sawolf

        China owns only about ONE trillion out of about 16 trillion, about 6+% of our government debt.

        June 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Someone smarter than you

      Why would the Bangladesh Armed Forces want to take over the US? China has a military of a few million people. You are super smart.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • JonPeter

      200,000 bible thumpers, possiblylead by the Westboro B.C. ??


      June 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Dale

      The maintenance personnel who have to preform ground maintenance runs are also subject to this same problem. When you run the engine or engines on the F-22 the canopy has to be closed and is pressurized from engine bleed air.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  38. Satans Balls Sack

    Any one seen the pic of Obama raping a camel...powerful stuff. You can see his devil horns come out when he hit climax...poor camel

    June 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Argenne

      No, where is the link? Or does this perversion only exist in your Beelzebubbian mind?

      June 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  39. emdub

    who is leaking this information to the press and Americas enemies...the outrage!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Satans Balls Sack

      Obama the devil

      June 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • pwnagepimp

      Good god you are stupid.

      From the article: "The new data, released by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois"........

      June 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  40. Common sense is right

    The STOVL aircraft pictured is clearly an F-35, as the F-22 doesn't have this capability.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Sean

      I think you mean VTOL, and if you watch the video, both are shown. Both look completely different, so you can't mistake one for the other.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Common sense is right

      No, I believe i mean STOVL. Like the Harrier, when loaded with fuel and typical combat stores, The F-35 cannot take off vertically.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  41. Satans Balls Sack

    Obama is the Anti Christ and while he is in control everything in America will fall apart, the economy, the countries moral fabric, its military machine....All gone under the beast, the dark prince from the a far away land that will destroy the great nation. Obama is the end for all of us.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • emdub

      dungeons and dragon masters never get layed do they?

      June 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Satans Balls Sack

      We occasionally donkey punch your mother.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • r0n77

        Be honest, you don't even know what that means.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • Argenne

        Camels, mothers, beasts, screwy Biblical misquotes? You are a real charmer.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Well, then

      Let's quit wasting money on airplanes, since the end is near, and eat, drink and be merry.

      Oh, and you Rapture Rangers? Lock and load and board that Cosmic C-17 idling on the ramp.

      It's on!

      June 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  42. asdf

    Sell them for scrap! We all know that next year the Pentagon is going to convince those a$$hats in congress that they need some shiny new thing that works just as bad... And by "the pentagon" I mean defense contractors, and by "convince" I mean "bribe".

    June 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  43. Pilotmania

    Where do the spy plane pilots urinate?

    June 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Satans Balls Sack

      In a bottle then they drink it and rehydrate themselves, much like truck drivers do.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Cynical Vet

      I was in Navy Aviation for six years back during Viet Nam and all aircraft air equipped with a funnel and tube feeding to the bottom of the fuselage. It's called a p*ss tube and once the pilot has relieved himself, a switch opens the valve to an 'L" tube facing toward the rear of the aircraft so the negative pressure created pulls the urine out of the funnel/tube where it evaporates in the atmosphere. Google it if you are skeptical. Pilots who routinely irritated the ground crew sometimes found their tubes stuffed with cotton balls or the "L" tube turned the wrong way.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
      • Satans Balls Sack

        Thats probally true...but some do klike to drink it

        June 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Argenne

        Satan, that sure sounds like the voice of experience talking. I'm sure you are the expert on how it tastes.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Out their

      urethras, Einstein. Where do you think?

      June 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  44. Nope ,Common Sense

    I see two exhaust ports and a fence/tailcone between them in the initial taxi scene.

    Try being right before you reflexively berate CNN.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Common Sense

      You need to improve your reading comprehension skills before you reply. I said CNN is showing SOME FILE FOOTAGE OF F-35s, including a F-35B showing its short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) capability. STOVL is capability the F-22 doesn’t have. CNN mixed file footage of F-35s with the F-22 file footage.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • Nope, Common Sense

      You're correct!

      I'll immediately slit my wrists and move to Borneo.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  45. mark

    How long has the F-22 been in use, and just now the problem is happening? I dont understand that.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • THX1953

      It has been happening since the initial deployment of the F-22.

      Try to keep up.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  46. Get Real

    The investigators are doing no investigation. They are calling Lockheed Martin and asking their permission to see if they can investigate. They are not fools, they know Boeing/Lockheed, SAIC and a handfull of thers run the DoD and the Congress.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  47. JC

    It gets worse: the Air Force, who claim to be non-partisan in political matters, and who should, by all means want the best product to meet the needs of the future, for the best money, are actively campaigning for this jet. Same deal with the the Navy and Marines and the F-35. For the amount of money spent on just trying to make the F-22 work, the American public could have paid for the research, design, development, and production of an entire new product! I swear, the damned military procurement people are like kids in a toy store. Doesn't matter if we need it, doesn't matter what it costs, doesn't even matter if it works right; it's shiny and new, and we wants it, we does.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • r0n77

      The people who dream up these kinds of bad a$$ weapons would be doing it for someone else if it weren't the DOD. Having them and being able to deploy them is the definition of America's global military domination. Keep spending, I say.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  48. groundwrench

    So does the ground crew wear the same G-vest as the pilots? Mabe its not the vests? Mabe its too much sun....lol

    June 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Satans Balls Sack

      its the negative effects of all the weed they were smoking before take off, that why it effects all the crew.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  49. Problem solved! Next.

    The F-22 is so beautiful, it takes your breath away!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • asdf

      and any budget surplus.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  50. Common Sense

    It is funny how CNN is showing some file footage of F-35s in this piece. The F-35 is a completely different aircraft from the F-22. Good job CNN! Continuing to lead the way in misleading the American people.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • cnncoherent

      You can't expect too much from a network that uses "copter" when referring to a helicopter.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
      • Common Sense

        That is true. The only thing I expect out of CNN is to keep misleading the American people.

        June 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  51. Shockwave

    Ground crews AND flight crews having the same symptoms? Years ago we would conclude Carbon Monoxide. The O2 can be working perfectly, but if you're flooded with CO, that's what your blood will absorb, leading to Hypoxia.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • BLX

      That was my first inclination as well. With some of the more high tech carbon based materials that exist on these types of planes, it would seem logical that these materials may be releasing a carbon monoxide-like vapor when any sort of heat is applied.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  52. Hot Rod

    The F-22 is slow and no good, Chinese jets are now better. We should sell all our military equipment and pay off our debt. All our guns, planes, ships, tanks etc.. everything and sell for cheap so they go fast.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • DoD worker

      right right makes perfect sense. Are we going to use water guns when we get invaded too?

      June 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      The Chinese 5th gen fighter is a hoax. It doesn't exist in the context of how China portrayed it. It doesn't have the capability of U.S. or even Russian aircraft.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Hot Rod

      Invaded?? Yeah, the civilian population has enough firearms to prevent an invasion. Military might is a hoax, the Chinese fighter is not. We are wasting our time and our money. The current crop of weapons is by far more then we will ever need yet we spend more and more on it. Waste of money and time.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • evalue8

      North Korean troll...

      June 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Ungga


      June 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  53. bad2worse

    This is what happens when you buy parts from china.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      None of the components are from China. Singapore yes, but not China.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  54. AM

    Increased "torso pressure" means decreased cardiac return. This could abruptly drop blood pressure and cause pilots to pass out. Too bad they don't have physiologists or doctors working on this problem.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  55. Hot Rod

    What a bunch of wussy pilots, my 71 Chevelle has the same G force as a F-22 and I dont have oxygen or even wear my seat belt. The F-22 is probally only slightly faster then my Chevelle and these pilots cant handle that kind of power. Just like my Chevelle it can be a little intimidating but you need to toughen up and take shorter breaths and everything will be fine. So sick of how weak our military has gotten, so many guys going faster then them on the ground and no problems.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • DoD worker

      Comparing a car to a jet.... Wow typical American

      June 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • DoD worker

        I bet you believe they run off unleaded 87 as well right?

        June 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Hot Rod

      I am far from your typical American, I can bench 350, I have 900 firearms, I have a million dollars in the bank, three house, 7 cars, 3 motorcycles, a boat and 2 jet skis. I am married to a former playboy bunny and I retired at 40 years old. You are a typical slob who worships me and are jealous of how great I am.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Aeromechanic

        Let me guess.......you used to be in gay porn?

        June 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Hot Rod

        Never did porn, but Im equiped for the job..... get my drift tiny

        June 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • NOBB


        June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • military procurement

        Just so you know.... I bench 375, own four gun shops (type 9 FFL), have $3M in the bank, 4 houses and a $800k RV, 9 cars including an old LT5 'Vette, 3 boats (one of which has two jetskis as tenders). You got me on the bunny though. None of my four current women has ever posed nude for anyone other than me and my videographer who posts our self-porn on redtube.

        June 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • Satans Balls Sack

        You @ssholes brag of your riches, but the anti Christ is here, the president of America and you will lose it all in short time.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • NOBB

        NEWSFLASH: You are all talking monkeys on a flying rock... your money, your possessions and your ex-playmates aren't coming to your funeral. Get some perspective.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Me too!

        I am far from your typical American, I can bench my Corvette, I own Smith and Wesson, I have Bill gate’s net worth as pocket change, I own a small city, Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant ships directly to my house. I am married to the current playboy bunny and I retired at 17 years old. You are a typical slob who worships my ability to pull facts from my hot rectum.

        June 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Hot Rod

      My Chevelle runs on jet fuel...

      June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • DoD worker

        Point proven. Typical American the whole " mines bigger than yours theory" at it's finest. How's that working out for you. Pretty swell I bet, everyone's rich online I don't know if you got the message. Of course I make 3 billion a year and I ride a Ducati and own 23 houses through out the world and bench 380. Your words touch my heart. Wonder why no other countries came to your aid when your in 18 trillion in debt

        June 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • Tom Ridell

        Jet Fuel is Kerosene.

        June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • mark

        Oh poor DOD worker, your life sucks and mine rocks and you just cant stand that...Dont worry, I hear your wife works for tips cause no one will put the whole thing in her. LOL Loser....

        June 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • Hot rod

        Hey Mark,,, you rock brother...so many losers on here with way to much time on their hands...LOL

        June 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Okay Then

      Good trolling. I hope it didn't tax your creative resources to craft a statement that foolish.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • military procurement

      You're clearly delusional. Please seek professional halp.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
      • Hot Rod

        Jealous much?? I love how you CNN losers hate the fact I can say and do whatever I want and I prosper while you go to your dead end job and hate people like me...1% all the way mo fo.

        June 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • Dan

        @hotrod- I doubt you are 1% but, whether you are or not-

        I serve my country in the army, I have a beautiful wife, 4 children (and 1 on the way), I rent my home (move a lot with the military), own 1 car and making payments on the 2nd. My checking account holds a little over 200 bucks after the bills were paid and my savings account is about 20% of that. My children smile and laugh all day long, I can hear them outside right now. My wife is reading a library book, and my 1 yr old is toddling around the living room holding a plastic key ring in one hand, and his juice cup in the other, giggling all the while.

        You see, I am far richer than you will ever be, I have far greater joy than you will ever experience, I am completely satisfied and need nothing nor want anything other than my God and family, and the respect I have (that I earned) from my family is worth far more than your physical possessions.

        I wouldn't trade places with you for all the money in the world... as a matter of fact- I pity you.

        Sincerely Yours-

        An American Soldier

        June 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Thor the Thunder God

      Its one thing to have blood rushing to your back rather than all to your feet or brain, you get plastered to your seat in a drag race but that doesn't deprive or pressurize your brain genius

      June 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Gene

      Hot Rod said: The F-22 is probally only slightly faster then my Chevelle

      Comments like that (and the spelling error) take away ANY credibility; even if your car has a jet engine, anything with 4 rubber tires will be a small FRACTION of the 2.25 mach max speed of the F-22 (1500 mph)

      June 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • NOBB

        Thank you!! ... the toolbag actually said he experiences the same Gforces in his car... hahahahahahah.. Everyone is SO COOL online 😉

        June 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jim in PA

      You misspelled "Chevette."

      June 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • No

        He euspelled "Chevelle"

        June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  56. ponderer

    This should an easy fix, but not a dime of taxpayer should go toward it, though !

    June 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  57. petercha

    If ground crews are also being affected, maybe the plane is giving off fumes of some kind that cause hypoxia. Otherwise, I don't see how the ground crews could be affected.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • AM

      I agree, carbon monoxide can have similar side effects.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  58. cloudy in ak

    They should sell these airplanes they are a waste of money.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • Think People

      I'm sure you were just attempting to make a ridiculous statement, but heck....I'll address it anyway.

      Yep, you'd get great return in selling off these aircraft. The reason they're so expensive is because of the initial research and development, not just because of the cost of materials, manufacturing labor, etc. With each one you make, they technically get cheaper per unit. More importantly, even if we were stupid enough to sell them, they wouldn't get the R&D money back.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • jake

      Using that logic, Who are you going to sell them too??? As the world stands now, stuff gets sold, copied and nullified as we see daily. You want your enemy to have your investment?? You did pay for them if you will recall...

      June 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  59. RichWW2

    So let me get this straight, Lockheed Martin designs a plane with a systemic flaw in the oxygen system. Then we pay them 19mil more to install another oxygen system on the plane instead of them fixing it for free? I call BS on that.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Kendall

      I call "shenanigans" at work here. Hmmmm. Someone is getting paid$$$$

      June 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      Not necessarily. Remember the article said ground crews were also having the same symptoms.

      Fumes may be the cause, but the same engine is used in the F-35 so I don't know about that. My guess and I'm sure some will laugh, is some sensor is emitting some sort of pulse that is making the guys sick. I know it's a far flung idea but still possible.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • military procurement

      That's actually how it works. The air force is responsible for putting together a comprehensive specification that details out the performance requirements of every system on board, then puts it out for bid. The winning bidder is responsible for designing/testing/building the planes in accordance with the spec and turning over the design and test data to the air force, which must review each item for compliance with the spec.

      In theory anyway.

      What often happens (my experience is in shipbuilding, but similar) is that the offices responsible for oversight and review of the design and test data are understaffed and/or unqualified to perform the massive amount of work dropped on them. Under pressure from higher up, they sign off on dubious reports or waive spec requirements alltogether in order to 'get it done'. Fortunately, most of the time they still manage to get it right or cut the corners only in non-critical areas. But in this case, it looks like the air force has screwed teh pooch.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Brian Scanlon

      What can I say, time and materials contract, whatever it take, but you should remember that this is not exactly the same as when you and me buy a car. They are building it to Air Force specs under heavy Air Force supervision during design and testing, and they didn't catch it either.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • Raju

        Fuel poverty is adlaery a serious issue for some people in the UK, but will increasingly become a very serious issue for many in the UK. There is a tripple whammy at work. First, the green subsidies adding a3200 to a3400 per year for the typical user. Second, generally increasing energy costs.The price of gas, coal and oil has risen steadily these past 5 years and will continue to do so in the future and the effect of this is exacerbated with a weak pound which has devalued significantly. This has pushed up energy prices by about 40% Third, incomes are being squeezed due to the financial crisis. Many people are not receiving pay increases yet inflation is running at about 5% and tax liabilities are increasing. All of this inevitably means that energy costs are becoming an ever increasing proportion of people's disposal income and for many energy bills becoming unaffordable.If every one was to deduct say between a3200 to a3400 from their energy bills writing to the energy companies advising them that they are not interested in green renewables and are not willing to pay a surcharge for something not wanted, there would be little that the energy companies could do (being swamped by numbers) and this madness would soon die a natural death. If the English were more like the French, I am sure that this is what would happen. Not an issue for the French since their government had the foresight to invest in nuclear on a large scale.The death of this low CO2 energy production may be the only good thging to come out of the financial crisis.

        November 11, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  60. Boeing

    Time to DRONE!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  61. Rick from LA

    I wonder if our enemies slipped in a Stuxnet type virus into the system that crontols the respirator. Most of the plane is controled via computer. I would not doubt that this is an attempt by foreign powers to wrest control of the air from the USA.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • GalaxySparkchaser


      June 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • NN

      That's not so far fetched. Complicated military systems have been sabotaged for years by employees for both the government and contractors, a little bug here and a little bug there, very hard to track down, and apparently impossible to trace the origin.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • asdf

      yes its a giant conspiracy...to make .0000001% of pilots feel temporarily woozy.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  62. mike

    All republicans suck

    June 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • petercha

      Your post is related to the article how, exactly, Mike?

      June 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Bull

      So does everybody named Mike.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • snowdogg

      waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay OFF TOPIC

      June 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • tom

      Were talking about not being able to breathe here Mike, not about sucking, keep you oral fixations to your self.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Espn

        THere must be a troll-101 course before people are allowed on the 'interwebbings'.

        June 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Oscar Pitchfork

      NO, NO! He's right-all Republicans DO suck. Either each other, or they suck at being GOOD theives. This, amateurish, kinda transparent shell-game kind of theivery is all that most of them seem to practice these days. Sadly, however, the lack of guile by most americans (males in particular) makes even the most transparent ruse, like Right To Work, a workable scheme by even the lamest of ducks. They babble their gibberish, comment about how great America was in the old days, and the next generation of Neo-Cons (or Neo-Tards) heads off to the polls...

      June 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  63. Goodstuff

    So the F22 suffocates it's pilots. A study shows that more pilots suffocate in the F22 then any other plane.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply

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